Microsoft CEO Bill Gates and Intel CEO Craig Barrett appeared together in Silicon Valley to extoll the virtues of Wintel over Unix.
The two executives paired jointly kicked off their companies’ two-day Workstation Leadership Forum.
The event featured demonstrations by companies such as Xerox that are switching to the Wintel workstation platform from older, RISC- and Unix-based workstations.
Barrett and Gates both explained their visions for a 64-bit computing environment that combines Windows NT with an Intel platform as the dominant architecture in the workstation arena.
Barrett said Merced, Intel’s first 64-bit chip, is in the final stages of completion with samples due in “the next two months or so.” When the chip begins volume shipments in mid-2000, Microsoft will be ready with a 64-bit version of Windows, Gates said.
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