No retail desktop IE32e until XP-64 ships?

— 3:07 AM on March 26, 2004

Xbit Labs has some interesting new information on Intel's 64-bit desktop plans:

Intel said it would ship Prescott processors with 64-bit capability for 1P applications only to system integrators requesting such microprocessors for their servers and workstations. Although all Prescott CPUs, including Intel Pentium 4 and Celeron, are 64-bit from micro-architectural standpoint, processors supplying for retail channels as well as for typical desktops will have their 64-bit capability disabled.
I really, really hope they're wrong about this one. However, the article claims this information is coming straight from Intel. Apparently, Intel will only offer 64-bit desktop chips to retail channels when a 64-bit version of Windows is ready for release, which may not happen until the end of the year.
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