Of course the title of this article is a rather tasteless pun, but it seems fitting. Microsoft has confirmed support for AMD's new 64-bit processors by announcing a new OS, "Anvil". The Athlon64 chips are expected for release by the end of April.
The news puts an end to speculation for months as to how Microsoft will support the 32-64 bit chip. Microsoft competitors SuSE, Mandrake and Red Hat will all have working versions of their Linux OSes at launch.More information @ The Inquirer
The firm will say it is developing native 64-bit versions of its Windows operating system for both the Athlon 64 and the Opteron.
The 64-bit versions of XP and Windows Server 2003 will be used for engineering, financial services, OLTP, data, content creatiion, gaming, and CAD.