IDG: Microsoft to ship Windows Server 2003 for Opteron

My spin This is a huge boost for AMD. All software vendors are going to support INTEL’s 64bit computing platform – Itanium, but with AMD’s much smaller marketshare…AMD must fight to get software vendors to write to ITS 64bit Opteron (server processor) platform.
News Clip: BOSTON – Microsoft Corp. will release a 64-bit version of Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP for Advanced Micro Devices Inc.’s (AMD’s) forthcoming Opteron and Athlon64 processors, Microsoft announced Wednesday.
Microsoft announced support for AMD processors last year, but the omission of support for AMD in the release-to-manufacture (RTM) version of Windows Server 2003 unveiled last week led observers to wonder if Microsoft would follow through on its plans. Beta releases of the operating systems for the AMD chips are expected in the middle of 2003, Microsoft said in a press release.
“This is a milestone for our customers, and our hardware and software partners. They can now test and develop on beta 64-bit versions of Windows Server 2003 (for Opteron), and Windows XP for the Athlon64 processor,” said Brenda Forsythe, an AMD spokeswoman. (full story)