Microsoft will start shipping x64 editions of Windows Server and Windows XP at the end of this month.
Windows Server 2003 x64 Editions and Windows XP Professional x64 Edition are designed to provide customers with increased performance, reliability and security, while giving them the ability to run both 32-bit and 64-bit applications.
Advantages of the 64-bit Windows platform include increased scalability and reliability in a familiar Windows environment, quicker processing, the ability to handle larger amounts of data more efficiently and better manageability, said Microsoft.
Microsoft said medium-to-large-sized enterprise customers stand to gain the most from Windows Server 2003 x64 Editions.
Benefits include better performance for a variety of business applications, and improvements to Windows Server 2003 core technologies including Terminal Services, Active Directory, Internet Information Services (IIS), and storage management.
Windows XP Professional x64 Edition will benefit business customers involved in the scientific, design and engineering, games, video editing, and animation markets, said Microsoft.
More details of the products will be released at the company’s forthcoming WinHEC conference in Seattle on 25-27 April.