I’m sure some of you have been using a 64-bit version of Windows for a few years now, but have experienced frustrations when coming across problems such as driver incompatibility. That might become a thing of the past as 64-bit Windows PC’s become more prevalent.
The Windows Vista Blog has posted information that indicates a rapid rate of growth for 64-bit computing. The number of Vista computers running the 64-bit version of the operating system has more than tripled over the last three months in the United States (worldwide has doubled). They also took some information gathered from the computers connecting to Windows Update, and they’ve found that 20% of new Vista computers in the United States are 64-bit PC’s. In March of this year that number was a meager 3%. That means 20% of Vista PC’s being sold are equipped with the 64-bit version of the operating system.
Ed Bott has even noticed that a growing number of retail computers are coming with 64-bit Vista Home Premium:
When I looked at the flyers in last Sunday’s paper, I saw several PCs at Best Buy with 64-bit Vista Home Premium Edition installed, including notebooks from HP and Toshiba and quad-core desktops from Gateway and Dell; the former came with 4GB of RAM and a 19-inch LCD monitor for $750, while the latter had 6GB of RAM and a 19-inch monitor for $830.
If I didn’t know better I’d say that the 64-bit computing era is upon us. We noticed this trend back in May, but it appears to be in full-swing now. It will be interesting to see what the stats are like as the end of the year rolls around, but with 64-bit versions of Photoshop and other major apps around the corner I’d have to imagine that it will finish out the year strong.