WinXP 64-bit delayed until first half of 2005
C|Net is reporting
that Microsoft has pushed back the release of Windows XP for 64-bit Extended Systems until the first half of next year. XP-64 is apparently being developed alongside Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 and Windows Server 2003 for 64-bit Extended Systems, which are also delayed until 2005. It's particularly discouraging that C|Net refers to a release in the first half of next year rather than a more optimistic first quarter or early 2005 release.
As always, it's important to note that AMD's Opteron and Athlon 64 processors perform very well with 32-bit operating systems and applications. Still, the wait for XP-64 may prove to be more excruciating than the initial wait for AMD's "Hammer" processors.