Windows 8 Coming 2012 with 128-bit Architechure?

Posted on December 26, 2009

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Windows 7 has just barely made it’s appearance on store shelves, and Microsoft is already planning something to replace it… in only 2 years?

This may be true, according to this roadmap on Microsoft Kitchen’s website. It states that a new major version of Windows is to be released every three years, and an update every two years. If you follow the roadmap, it will show that a 2012 Windows 8 release would be right on schedule.

But what good is a new operating system without any cool new features?

Well, according to some leaked info from a Microsoft Employee who is supposedly working on the Windows 8 development team, Windows 8 may be including 128-bit support, if not Windows 9. Here’s what he said via LinkedIn:

“Working in high security department for research and development involving strategic planning for medium and longterm projects. Research & Development projects including 128bit architecture compatibility with the Windows 8 kernel and Windows 9 project plan. Forming relationships with major partners: Intel, AMD, HP, and IBM.”

“Working to get IA-128 working backwards with full binary compatibility on the existing IA-64 instructions in the hardware simulation to work for Windows 8 and definitely Windows 9.”

If this is true, then Windows 8 could bring a whole lot to the table in terms of performance– and maybe even win the battle against Apple. Theoretically, a 64-bit processor is able to handle up to 17 billion gigabytes of RAM. In which case, a 128-bit processor can (theoretically) hold up to 281,474,976,710,656 yobibytes of RAM. Of course, according to Wikipedia “Physical limits make such large amounts of memory currently impossible, given that amount greatly exceeds the total data stored on Earth today.”. Yikes!

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