Windows 8.1 will reportedly launch mid-October

MrBungle

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Windows 9 was suppose to be true 64-bit and Windows 10 64/128-bit but we are no where near both. Still everything is 32-bit with some 64-bit software. Software and Hardware manufacturers need to sit down and get this going. Where are we today. When we left 8/16-bit for 32-bit. That was a start. Then they introduce 64-bit with 32-bit and we're still stuck.
The whole point of moving to a 64bit architecture was to have the ability to address more RAM...

64bit addressing should get us up to 16.8 million terabytes of RAM which is enough to back up half the internet to a RAM drive... at this point in time (and for probably the next decade or two) there is no reason to move to a 128bit architecture.
 

tipstir

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Yeah I am on 16GB on Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1 right now. 64-bit double the pipeline also. 128-bit will come as 256-bit an etc. But addressing 64-bit applications Microsoft only a few apps.

All browsers and all software would have to implement this but they haven't yet. So all us with CPU dual and quad that can use process up to 64-bit just not being fully used yet.
 

cliffordcooley

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The whole point of moving to a 64bit architecture was to have the ability to address more RAM...
RAM addressing is not the only use of 64-bit architecture. But at this stage memory addresses may have been the most commonly used reason for most people to installing a 64-bit OS. Memory address limitation was only the first of several limitations the masses didn't want to live with. The first major wall forcing them the masses into a new 64-bit architecture. An architecture that has so many other rewards, that we are not yet fully utilizing.

Who is to say what or when the masses will find a need in moving to 128/256/512 bit architectures? I personally see 64-bit hanging around another decade and quite possibly even two. But you know how that goes! Back in the early 90's, I didn't see how anyone would need a hard drive larger than 200MB's. lol

64-bit computing:
  • 64 bit datapath widths
  • 64 bit integer size
  • 64 bit memory addresses
64-bit CPU and ALU architectures:
  • 64 bit registers
  • 64 bit address buses
  • 64 bit data buses
Microsoft Wiki - 64-bit
In computer architecture, 64-bit computing is the use of processors that have datapath widths, integer size, and memory addresses of 64 bits (8 octets) wide. Also, 64-bit CPU and ALU architectures are those that are based on registers, address buses, or data buses of that size. From the software perspective, 64-bit computing means the use of code with 64-bit virtual memory addresses.
 

tipstir

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Everything software wise is still 32-bit with some 64-bit but on small scale. Office now 32-bit or 64-bit. 64-bit is double 32-bit as 32-bit was double 16-bit as 16-bit was double 8-bit and 8-bit was double 4-bit as 4-bit was double 2-bit. Always means more I/O processing.

Process of 64-bit processing power in these newer PCs still we downgrade back to 32-bit. You say 10 more years at 64-bit, just have to see how this plays out some more.
 
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captaincranky

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Everything software wise is still 32-bit with some 64-bit but on small scale. Office now 32-bit or 64-bit. 64-bit is double 32-bit as 32-bit was double 16-bit as 16-bit was double 8-bit and 8-bit was double 4-bit as 4-bit was double 2-bit. Always means more I/O processing.
I should probably print this valuable lesson on the times two multiplication table. Or is it the by two division table? Thanks for the much needed heads up on that.
 

Arris

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If you look at the figures of Microsoft's finances then you see that they are making losses with their tablets, but in the overall figures it's just a tiny 90 something million losses compared to earnings of billions. Windows tablets not being a success isn't going to put Microsoft under, wouldn't even say it would be a single nail in their coffin.
 

ddg4005

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If you look at the figures of Microsoft's finances then you see that they are making losses with their tablets, but in the overall figures it's just a tiny 90 something million losses compared to earnings of billions. Windows tablets not being a success isn't going to put Microsoft under, wouldn't even say it would be a single nail in their coffin.
Agreed.