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Windows 8 Details Emerge


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Windows 8 Details Emerge

Oliver Garnham, PC Advisor

Saturday, October 10, 2009 11:57 AM PDT

The version of Windows that succeeds Windows 7 will include a 128-bit architecture, according to an embarrassing leak from Microsoft's research and development team in the US.

Microsoft employee Robert Morgan appeared to detail the software giant's plans for Windows 8, and even Windows 9, on business networking site LinkedIn, where he listed his job as 'senior research and development'. His profile has now been removed from the main LinkedIn site, but is still viewable in Google's search cache.In it, he says he's "working in high security department for research and development involving strategic planning for medium and longterm projects."

He goes on to say his R&D projects include: "128-bit architecture compatibility with the Windows 8 kernel and Windows 9 project plan." He's also responsible for "forming relationships with major partners: Intel, AMD, HP and IBM."
More at: http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/173442/windows_8_details_emerge.html
 

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So, when's the first leak due? lol:)
 

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I think that the first leak will be at least in the Q4 of next year. Besides that's all doesn't make any sense.
 

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I think that they intentionally leaked that 128bit info to get people still coding in 16 and 32 bit on board with 64bit. At least that is what I am hoping because it would sure be nice to have Windows 8 exclusively 64bit. I think that the 128bit will be some type of corporate edition only.
 

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No, No, No. Windows 8 won't be only x64 bit. As of now it is quite impossible. People won't code as you said because they don't know (amatour programmers) what they writting, is it 16 or 32 bits. x64 architecture is quite messy and I hope that 128 bit won't show unless we are gonna use the actual architecture in about 80%. Show me non-pro software that fully enhances the 64bit and Multicore programming potential. As of the Dual-Core, Core2Duo, Core2Quad are not fully 64 bit then what is the point to design a 128 bit CPU, unless it is another Xeon or Itanium CPU.
 

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The main point I was trying to make was that things are moving forward. With Microsoft looking to put an end of life on XP (security patches available until April 2014), newer CPU's optimized for multi and hyperthreading and if it weren't for smart phones and net books we could already say that multicore CPU's are already dominant in the mainstream products today.

At least if Windows 8 is X64 like Windows 7 X64 is (still supporting 32 bit), then most stuff will still be supported and any coders that are still living in a pre 32 bit world will have one last chance to catch up.

As for programing X64 vs X86, amateur really has nothing to do with it, there are plenty of Open Source and game mods written to support X64 by amateurs. For paid applications, well it is a dog eat dog world regardless if they are supporting Vista, Windows 7 or 64 bit. If they want to be competitive they have to keep up in order to sell their products. I will admit that I had a slow transition to Vista from XP (as my primary OS anyway) due to some programs that I used were open source or just had no funding so they could not make their programs compatible. But X86 to X64 has been a much smoother transition for me in Windows 7. Only programs still written in 16 bit or lower would be not compatible with it. The way I see it if they have not even upgraded to 32 bit then they are probably broke, unsupported by coders or to difficult to code altogether, so their fate has already been determined and we will just have to do without them eventually anyway.

Edit: I just noticed that in my first post that I said 16 and 32 bit, but as you can see from above I meant just programs that do not support X64 Windows and not that all programs should be written in 64 bit code. That would be way too soon, looking at my /program files (x86) folder there is still way more stuff than in the X64 one.
 
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