Microsoft planning 128-bit Windows 8 and 9

An embarrassing leak from Microsoft’s R&D team has brought its plan to design 128-bit operating systems succeeding Windows 7 into limelight.

Microsoft employee Robert Morgan appeared to detail the software giant’s plans for Windows 8, and even Windows 9, on business networking site LinkedIn, where he listed his job as ‘senior research and development’. His profile has now been removed from the main LinkedIn site, but is still viewable in Google’s search cache.In it, he says he’s “working in high security department for research and development involving strategic planning for medium and longterm projects.”

He goes on to say his R&D projects include: “128-bit architecture compatibility with the Windows 8 kernel and Windows 9 project plan.” He’s also responsible for “forming relationships with major partners: Intel, AMD, HP and IBM.”

Windows 7, due to become available worldwide on October 22, is available in both 32-bit and 64-bit versions. (See “Windows 7 Performance Tests.”)

Indeed, we’ve had the option of 64-bit versions of Windows since Windows XP Professional x64 Edition was launched May 2005. But while XP’s successor, Vista, is also available in both 32-bit and 64-bit versions, the latter has failed to take off in a big way.

64-bit computers, which can address more RAM and are theoretically more powerful than 32-bit equivalents, are likely to become more popular with Windows 7. A 128-bit version of Windows 8 would represent the next leap in performance.

According to Microsoft’s plans to release a new desktop version of Windows every three years, Windows 8 is scheduled to become available in 2012.

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