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'Longhorn' Server End of the Road for 32-Bit Servers

Yep, you read right. Not sure if this was out there before, but ZDNET UK caught Bob Muglia at the TechEd IT Forum in Spain, and they talked for a bit... 64 bits to be exact.

We will ship "Longhorn" in the second half of next year, and we will ship a 32-bit and a 64-bit version. That will be the last time we ship a 32-bit version. From that point, the next release, which will be roughly two years later, that product will only be available as 64-bit.

Muglia also revealed that the Hypervisor, codenamed "Viridian", can only be managed on 64-bit versions of "Longhorn" Server, but will be able to run 32-bit "child" partitions.

There are two distinct parts of the Hypervisor, the management partition and the guests, The guests can be 32-bit or 64-bit, but the software it runs on will be 64-bit, so technically it will be 64-bit.

I think Microsoft enjoys the fact that they can control the adoption of 64-bit much more effectively in the server space than they can on the client. Part of the issue is memory... servers are memory hogs. Most home computers can't justify the need gor 8GB of RAM... at least not yet anyways. But servers quite often need more and more memory, and the only way around that is 64-bit.

I wonder if Microsoft will take the same position with "Vienna"...