XP, Windows Server to Support AMDs Opteron

Microsoft announces that it is developing versions of Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 that will support the 64-bit Opteron chip.

Microsoft Corp. on Wednesday said it is developing versions of its Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 operating systems that will support Advanced Micro Devices Inc.s upcoming 64-bit Opteron chip.

Microsoft, of Redmond, Wash., said it also is extending support in both those operating systems for AMDs 64-bit Athlon 64 processor for desktop and notebook systems. That chip is scheduled to be launched in September.

Opteron, which is designed for servers and workstations, will be released at an event April 22 in New York City, two days before Microsoft is due to release the Windows Server 2003 system.

Microsofts announcement comes a year after the software giant initially endorsed the AMD architecture, saying it would build an operating system compatible with Opteron. Late last year, Microsoft sent a development release of a 64-bit operating system for Opteron to industry partners.

Marty Seyer, vice president and general manager of AMDs Server Business, called Microsofts announcement "significant."

"We were counting on this level of endorsement," Seyer said. "This is a significant statement that says Opteron is a great investment for enterprise customers."

It also is an indication that Microsoft is hearing a demand from its customers for this Opteron support, he said.