De geruchtenmachine van The Register komt weer met een nieuwe roddel; de Sledgehammer van AMD zou niet ondersteunt worden in Whistler. Dit haalt men uit een hele vage uitspraak die een Microsoft woordvoerder deed op een congres:
Our spies report a Microsoft speaker as saying that the next generation of Win2k, Whistler, is scheduled for release before next August, to make the autumn sales window and to come just after the official launch of Itanium. Asked if Whistler wouldn't be released earlier in order to cater for the release of AMD's Sledgehammer, the speaker said: "No, because we have no intention of supporting the Sledgehammer with Whistler."
[...] So what do we make of our MS guy saying no Sledgehammer support? Obviously he needs time in diplomacy school, but it's logical enough. Win64 work now may give Microsoft an advantage in future Intel 64-bit development, but will produce no bucks next year. Microsoft has been focussed (well bits of it, anyway) on Itanium development for some considerable time, whereas Sledgehammer from Microsoft's point of view is this weird 'secret sauce' thing that came out of left field somewhat later. And it has a 32-bit get-out, so what's the problem?