DiGiSTORM meldt dat we de 64-bit versie van Windows 2000 in de winkels kunnen verwachten op het moment dat de Itanium CPU van Intel gelanceerd is, de eerste beta van deze versie van Win2K kunnen we al deze zomer verwachten :
An official demonstrating the product cautioned that the version in the booth was a pre-developer release now circulating inside Microsoft among a handful of software developers. He said Microsoft wants to ship a first beta of Windows 2000, 64-bit edition, sometime this summer.
Microsoft expects to ship the final version of 64-bit edition simultaneously with Intel's delivery of its IA-64 processors, before the end of calendar 2000. The software maker has been developing a 64-bit version of Windows in lockstep with 32-bit Windows 2000 for the past three years. The company expects to continue to ship 32-bit iterations of its operating systems for the next decade, officials have said.
Competition between rival operating systems Microsoft's Windows 2000 is only going to be one of several operating systems available for the Intel 64-bit systems. Others include The Trillian Project's IA-64 Linux; IBM and The Santa Cruz Operation's Project Monterey; and Sun Microsystems Inc.'s 64-bit Solaris on Intel port.