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Are You Abandoning 32-bit in Windows 8?

(So many questions. So little time. Part 24)

Yes, I’m back (finally) with another in my series of expanded-answers to questions I have received during TechNet Events and IT Camps I’ve facilitated.  But for these next blog posts I’m going to have a little fun by actually showing you the written question.

Our question today comes from Timi, who asked me:

Windows 8 bits

Great question.  Windows 8 – the consumer and professional desktop product – will still be available for 32-bit and 64-bit platforms.  So we’re not yet ready to abandon 32-bit desktops.  It’s not going away.  Certainly there are still a lot of you out there running or supporting people running 32-bit installations, and you’d still like to be able to do an in-place upgrade.

And the answer to your next question you ask regarding “WOA” (which stands for Windows on ARM) is that it is 32-bit.  For those of you who are not familiar with it, Windows on ARM is now officially known as “Windows 8 RT”, and under-the-hood, though you won’t really have to worry about it, it is 32-bit.

“Huh?  Why won’t I have to worry about it?  Don’t tell me what I should and shouldn’t be worried about.”

Forgive me.  But really.. Windows 8 RT is the operating system for ARM-based devices.  It comes pre-installed and running on those devices.  It’s not an operating system that you can purchase and install yourself.  So, whether it’s 32-bit or 64-bit is really only a concern to the folks who are building Windows 8 + ARM based tablets.

“Thanks.”

You’re welcome.

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Kevin is an engaging and highly sought-after speaker and webcaster who has landed several times on Microsoft's top 10 webcast list, and has delivered many top-scoring TechNet events and webcasts. In his past outside of Microsoft, Kevin has held positions such as software engineer, information systems professional, and information systems manager. He loves sharing helpful new solutions and technologies with his IT professional peers.

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