For a while we’ve been hearing a lot about 64-bit chips but rarely on 64-bit mobile operating systems. Microsoft has confirmed today that 64-bit versions of its Windows 10 Mobile will be released in the near future, for now the company is still running ’32-bit’ versions.
Microsoft quietly confirmed this in an unrelated feature article posted today on 74-year-old Microsoft Senior Technical Fellow Dave Cutler, Cutler is honored as a Computer History Museum Fellow for his work in the computing industry and for his impact also in Microsoft. While Cutler’s work on the 64-bit version of Windows was being mentioned, it was also revealed that Microsoft will be introducing 64-bit support for mobile phones soon;
“In March 2005, he completed one of his “most gratifying pieces of work” at Microsoft when, partnering with AMD, he helped develop the AMD64 architecture (64-bit extensions to the 32-bit x86 architecture) and led the effort to ship the first two x64 64-bit Windows systems (workstation and server). At the time, some questioned why Microsoft developed a 64-bit system; today most computers are 64-bit systems and even our phones will soon have a 64-bit operating system.”
There are lots of benefits gained from 64-bit based OS, smartphones will be able to use more than 4GB of RAM, achieve better power saving features along with better parallel processing, faster bus architecture/app speeds, buffer overflow protection, data execution protection and others. Although these features might not be much of concern to average smartphone users, advanced users however will appreciate its benefits.
Most chip manufacturers already produce 64-bit based chips, the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 808, 810 and 820 chips are all based on 64-bit. Soon Microsoft will launch it’s next flagship, for now it is unlikely if the device will run on the 64-bit version of the Windows 10 Mobile.
Microsoft Corporation, founded by Paul Allen and Bill Gates on April 4th 1975, is an American multinational technology company headquartered in Redmond, Washington, that develops, manufactures, licenses, supports and sells computer software, consumer electronics and personal computers and services. It is the world’s largest software maker by revenue, and one of the world’s most valuable companies. It’s product the Microsoft Lumia is a range of mobile devices designed and marketed by Microsoft Mobile division, it was introduced in November 2011, the line was the result of a long-term partnership between Nokia and Microsoft—as such, all Lumia smartphones run the Windows Phone operating system. The Lumia name is derived from the partitive plural form of the Finnish word lumi, which means “snow”.
David Neil “Dave” Cutler, Sr. born March 13, 1942 Lansing, Michigan and grew up in DeWitt, Michigan. He is an American software engineer, designer and developer of several operating systems including Windows NT at Microsoft and RSX-11M, VMS and VAXELN at Digital Equipment Corporation.