Microsoft plans WinHEC debut for 64-bit Windows

Microsoft plans to announce a significant operating system upgrade at its own Windows Hardware Engineering Conference in April: support for the 64-bit memory extensions in newer x86 processors.

The company already had committed to an April release after earlier delays. But Andy Lees, corporate vice president of marketing for Microsoft's server and tools business, shed a little more detail on the release timing Tuesday during an event in San Francisco where Intel unveiled new 64-bit Xeon processors.

"We'll announce the availability of that at WinHEC," he said about the new 64-bit Windows edition.

In addition, Microsoft will help tow software partners into the new computing realm, Lees said. "We'll be announcing at WinHEC a raft of people making 64-bit versions of their applications available."

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