Will hardware vendors have 64-bit device drivers in place to support Microsoft’s 64-bit Windows release? The answer is a definite maybe.
While a significant number of PC components will function under Microsoft’s new 64-bit Windows operating system, more specialized devices are being put on the back burner.
According to Greg Sullivan, lead product manager for Microsoft’s Windows team, 16,000 devices will support the Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, scheduled to be released Monday. A number of PC component manufacturers began publishing their drivers earlier this month.
Peripheral manufacturers appear to have emphasized their more mainstream products first; some mice and trackballs, for example, will support the new 64-bit OS out of the box.
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