Looking closely at the Server 2003 release also turned up a tasty titbit about the eagerly awaited 64bit editions of Windows XP, or Windows XP 64 as Microsoft has so creatively called it.
The single line: “Also today, Windows Server 2003 x64 Editions and Windows XP Professional x64 Edition were released to manufacturing and will be available through various partners in late April.”
To use the industry vernacular this means the OS has “Gone Gold”, in other words: the features are locked down, no more changes will be made before public availability and it is now in its distribution stage.
Speaking of which there is still no news whether XP 64 will remain a web only download or if there will be an actual boxed version made available in stores. We quizzed Microsoft on this today but all we could get from an (admittedly very friendly) representative was:
“I’m afraid it’s too early to say whether there will be a boxed version of XP 64. There may be some time in the future, but as for now we don’t have anything lined up.”
There you go, straight from the horse’s mouth, so to speak. Consequently, it looks like those of you that have still not jumped on the wacky accelerating rollercoaster that is broadband, but want 64bit home computing, better hop aboard now.
By the sounds of things it could longer waiting for your copy to turn up on your local shop shelves than it will to download it via dial up… and that - let me tell you - is an extremely long time.