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As the year comes to a close I will be taking a few guesses in a series of two posts that will outline what I think the next twelve months has in store for us in I.T. and beyond.

So here is the disclaimer, none of this stuff is true! It’s just guesses and should be view as just pure entertainment, so if any of it proves to be accurate that’s just luck!

So sit back and enjoy the ride into my imagination.

It’s a pretty safe bet that 64bit computing will be on every hardware and software vendors agenda in 2006 but this is the year that 64bit  comes to the fore. For the man in the street will realise that it is high time to put the 64bit upgrade on to the agenda. 64bit will move from being a ‘nice to have’ to ‘a priority’.

I see two reason for this, firstly, vendor commitment and secondly, ‘bang for buck’ ratio.

The home market has led the way in the 64bit adoption as AMD priced there range of 64bit processors competitively this has led to a sizable number of domestic users with machines that are not fully utilised. If most of those users are like me, then they will happily pay for the privilege to enjoy their 64bit purchases.

Sensing this Microsoft has announced 64bit versions of some of their current game titles. I’m sure that EA will not want another games vendor to have an edge for long, so I’m sure they will bring out 64bit titles not to soon after. That’s of course if they are concentrating on the PC Games market.

I’m sure the first wave of 64bit games will not be all to dissimilar from their 32bit counter parts, but I’m sure soon after we will begin to see real innovation with game experiences that we simply wouldn’t see with 32bit.

To add further to Microsoft’s commitment to 64bit I can see them in 2006 unveiling the road map for their complete product range to move to 64bit.

Other vendors will follow suit or hype 64bit as ‘irrelevant for now’ and play it down, these organisations are either not ready or can not afford the move in the near future. Then these organisations will need to be prepared for a period of austerity as the sensible money will be on future proofing the Enterprise.

I for one will not be recommending any software purchases if the vendor doesn’t have a 64bit game-plan, especially as most hardware vendors have compelling 64bit server offerings now and I will want to take full advantage of the investment and bring the extra savings back to my business. So, they you go software vendors, I’m a punter and this is what I’m saying! It doesn’t get clearer than that!

My last 64bit prediction for this post is that Half Life 3 will be 64bit only and this game will show case the next generation PC ability. The next generation PC will be pissing all over the Sony PS3 before it even arrives!

As for more hardware to catch the eye

I think that the Nvidia and Nokia collaboration will bear fruit in 2006 and we will see the first announcement of a very special phone on that is capable of performing some very special graphics. The issue as I see it will be developing a product to take advantage of it. Nokia is wedded to the Symbian OS & Java and neither platform has any real experience of 3D graphics. So it’s going to be really new for all concerned. As for Microsoft, well they are already their with Direct X for mobile so perhaps Nvidia better hedge their bets.

Posted on Friday, December 30, 2005 5:34 PM Main , Development Technologies | Back to top


Comments on this post: My New Year Predictions: part1 - 64Bit and other hardware bits.

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"To add further to Microsoft’s commitment to 64bit I can see them in 2006 unveiling the road map for their complete product range to move to 64bit."

They already have actually. The next version of Exchange will be excluxively 64 bit (with 32 bit trial versions so people can actually play with it, but production versions will only be for the 64 bit platform), so definately Microsoft will be pushing it in the new year.

You also forgot to mention the fall of the PS3 to the XBox 360 and the Nintendo Revolution. Mua ha ha! ;)

Happy new year!
Left by D'Arcy Lussier on Dec 30, 2005 5:55 PM

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Thanks D'Arcy ... you are right! Bink.nu got the scoop on the 16th November (I can't post URL's in the comments at GWB)

But it's still not what I'm looking for. What I would like to see is a page on the Microsoft site that displays every product (including Office cos thats missing) and when it's expected to go 64bit. If you can find that your a better man than I cos I've Googled to the max to find that puppy!
Left by Dave Oliver on Dec 31, 2005 9:30 AM

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