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Microsoft proclaims end of the road for 32-bit processors

Pentium 4Microsoft has set its sights on 64-bits and beyond. At the annual Windows Hardware and Engineering conference, Microsoft announced the upcoming Windows Server 2008 release 2 will be the last operating system the company designs for 32-bit processors.

That newish computer you've got that's running a Core Duo or Pentium 4 chip? Vista's the newest Windows Operating system you'll ever be able to install on it.

Of course, you can expect a new version of Ubuntu Linux to come out every six months, so if you decide you need some new features three or four years from now, there's a pretty good chance you'll be able to install an alternate operating system.

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