Shocked? But yes its true. Microsoft has already planned for Windows 7′s successor(s) which are in the early stages of development.

Based on the information on the LinkedIn profiles of the Research team of Microsoft and the resumes floating on the internet it has been a matter of fact that Windows 8 will be having 128bit architecture compatibility.

Have a look at the Microsoft mulling 128-bit versions of Windows 8, Windows 9 to know the exact details of the information.

There’s a whole dedicated website Windows 8 News which is keeping a close eye on the whole project.

And yes we have some concept screen shots available as well on the internet for Windows 8. Following the the URL’s:
Windows 8 Screenshot Concepts

Release Date: Rumors say it will be in December 2012. Lets wait and watch what Microsoft Windows 8 has in store for us.

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  • Razvan

    Is there a need for 128 bit os?

    Using 32 bit allows a process to access 4GB of memory. Moving to 64 bit, the limit raises to 16.000PB (1PB = 1,000TB = 1,000,000 GB)

    I don’t say “nobody will need more than 16000 PB of RAM” but currently. nobody has so much RAM connected to a processor.

    Even if the usual RAM amount doubles each year, and the average computer has now 4GB of RAM, still 32 years will be needed for 128 bit processors to become useful.

    Also I don’t think it’s a good practice to run on more bits than required, since the pointer size grows without any payback except of ability to address more memory.

    A better approach would be to support a large number of computational cores or external graphic processors.

  • Balaganesan S

    Razvan is correct about consumer market. For the consumer or casual gamer, 32 bit is sufficient. Most of the current applications and chips for retail market are not taking advantage of even the current 64 bit architecture.

    May be 128 architecture will help set the baseline and it will stay there for while. It would be helpful with the corporate world and processor intensive market.

    I find 8 VMs running on a host is pushing its limit at present. 128 might will help with a massive processing power and thus virtualization effort. It will be more like data center in a box.

    • Ankit Goyal

      Yes i think Windows 8 will mostly be concentrating on the resources being accessed from the cloud and also such that most of the tasks are performed using the virtualised resources.

  • Razvan

    Balaganesan, even for a corporate environment is the 32 bit platform for Office PCs sufficient.

    I have in mind a few applications for the 128bit computer:
    - simulation of a cell, tissue or organism at atomic level.
    - simulation of the human brain at informational level.

    Currently I am working on a bioinformatics tool that requires 64 bit architecture, due to the need of allocation large (6-8 GB) contiguous areas of memory. I know competitor tools that require 144GB of physical RAM, and I imagine they are 64bit only as well.

    Who imposes the 8 VMs limit? Is it a licensing limit? I think the limit is imposed by the performance of the processor (there should be at least one core allocated most of the time for a VM) IO bandwidth and memory access bandwidth.
    Although the processor power is increasing significantly, the IO speed doesn’t.

    Ankit, the ability of doing 128bit operations are present even on 8bit processors but of course they are performed less efficient (multiple instructions) than on a 128bit processor. If the cloud is really large and it requires 128Bit address space, this can be handled on a 32 or 64 bit machine. For example, even the 16bit Windows 3.1 was able to handle 128bit GUIDs. As said, the only reason to use more bits is to get access locally, within a single process, to a larger memory area. Even a 32 bit computer can make use of more than 4GB of RAM, by spawning multiple processes running in a PAE kernel.

    Regarding the cloud, the question is, how many people will really use public cloud resources? For the above listed applications, I won’t upload the content of my brain in the cloud, and I think no pharmaceutical company will ever run the cell simulations in a public cloud. On the other hand, private clouds will flourish, to leverage the low cost of high performance workstations against the expensive servers. As you say, this should be a segment addressed by a future version of Windows.

  • peterkellyonline

    I cannot see the value of 128 bit architecture – even by 2012. The hardware needed to take full advantage of this is currently too expensive to attract the average consumer – the trend has been for netbooks which is a growing market.

  • Ryan

    Check the above website, it’s a HOAX. Windows 8 will NOT be in 128 bit windows.

    • Ankit Goyal

      I dont the site is fake…even if it is then we have same content floating over some other popular sites like
      Windows 8 Details Emerge

      Just search on google for Windows 8 and numerous results will come up

  • Ryan

    It’s fake, trust me..

    Short Takes
    by Paul Thurrott
    An often irreverent look at some of the week’s other news …

    Windows 8 to Be 128-Bit? No. Good God, No.
    People can be so silly sometimes. Writers at PC World, Ars Technica, Slashdot, and many other publications fell for an obviously faked LinkedIn profile from a supposed Microsoft researcher who claimed he was working on a 128-bit kernel for Windows 8. There’s just one problem: This guy doesn’t exist. No one with his name has ever worked at Microsoft Research. His job title is fake. Microsoft isn’t working on a 128-bit kernel for Windows 8. And, best of all, the guy’s listed university is an “online supplier of academic degrees,” according to Wikipedia. OK, that’s five problems—or four more than those geniuses on the web should have needed to figure out that this rumor was fake.