Windows 7 won’t be officially available to the general public for almost 2 weeks, but there are already some hints out there about features we can anticipate in Windows 8 which isn’t projected to be released for another 3 years.
Thanks to a small slip of the tongue keyboard by a Microsoft employee “working in high security department for research and development involving strategic planning for medium and longterm projects,” we can look forward to Microsoft incorporating 128-bit architecture into the next incarnation of the flagship desktop operating system.
Windows has had 64-bit versions since Windows XP, but Microsoft is pushing 64-bit compatibility much harder with Windows 7. Microsoft feels that 64-bit hardware and software are becoming more mainstream and it has made 64-bit compatibility a requirement for the certification under the Windows 7 logo program.
Apparently, Microsoft is predicting that by 2012, when Windows 8 will be released, 64-bit systems will be the standard and we’ll be ready to expand computing capacity even farther with 128-bit systems.