Microsoft commits to AMD's 64-bit future

Microsoft confirms it will ship special versions of Windows Server 2003 and XP later this year to support AMD’s new 64-bit Opteron and Athlon processors.

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By  Justin Etheridge Published  April 9, 2003

Microsoft has confirmed it will ship special versions of Windows Server 2003 and XP for AMD’s new 64-bit Opteron and Athlon processors.

Two versions of Windows Server 2003, both 32-bit and 64-bit variants, are available to PC manufacturers with Intel chips, namely Xeon and Itanium 2.

And now Microsoft will make amends to AMD.

A 64-bit version of Windows Server 2003 will be released for AMD’s Opteron server chip, while a 64-bit version of Windows XP is also on the horizon for the Athlon 64 processor. Insiders report that prototype software, running on Opteron servers, has been on the agenda since April 2002.

Opteron is the first of the two 64-bit chips from AMD, due to make its global debut late April in New York. The Athlon 64 is predicted to follow on in September.

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