Microsoft Extends 64-Bit Computing Efforts With Support for Intel’s Itanium 2 Processor

REDMOND, Wash., May 8, 2002 — Microsoft Corp. today announced support for Intel Corp.s Itanium 2 processor in the upcoming release of Microsoft® Windows® Advanced Server, Limited Edition 1.2. Microsoft delivered 64-bit support for Intels first-generation Itanium processor last year with Windows Advanced Server, Limited Edition. Microsoft and Intels collaboration on 64-bit computing began in 1997 and continues to advance with this announcement of support for Intels next-generation processor.

The Itanium 2 processor presents a more efficient and robust processor platform for Microsoft Windows server operating systems. Support for Intels Itanium 2 processor demonstrates Microsofts commitment to develop products for the 64-bit platform.

“Windows on Itanium 2 systems gives customers 64-bit scalability on an easy-to-deploy and easy-to-manage platform,”
said Velle Kolde, lead product manager of the Windows .NET Product Management Group at Microsoft.
“We are impressed with the Itanium 2 processors improved performance, and this announcement underscores our efforts to support Intels Itanium family of processors and to extend the enterprise capabilities of Windows.”

As companies performance demands grow, 64-bit technology becomes an increasingly attractive option. Windows 64-bit operating systems provide additional scalability and reliability for memory-intensive enterprise applications. For developers, the Windows 64-bit architecture also allows developers to create 64-bit applications using a familiar programming model, which encourages the development of a wide-ranging set of 64-bit enterprise software.

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