Microsoft, which released a beta version of the 64-bit Windows XP for Athlon 64 in September, has promised to ship the final version of the operating system in the first quarter of 2004. AMD has said several other companies are developing 64-bit games and other applications for its chip as well.Previous reports have suggested that XP for AMD64 could be delayed until the second half of next year, and Microsoft's only press release on the operating system sets an expected final release for the first half of 2004.
When will the world finally see Windows XP for AMD64 on store shelves? No one seems to know for sure, and with 2004 fast-approaching, there doesn't appear to be much fuel for optimism. Of course, the Athlon 64 is still quite competitive running on existing versions of Windows XP, and 64-bit flavors of Linux are available for the AMD64 platform.