Windows 8.1 Tablets With 64-Bit Atom Chips Set To Launch By Next Year

Recently, Intel announced that the first Bay Trail tablets would be using the 32-bit version of Windows 8.1, and it would be launching tablets for the 64-bit version early next year. This means that Windows users would have to wait before being able to use the Bay Trail tablets on their 64-bit Windows 8.1 version.

According to sources, these tablets with the 32-bit OS have a 4GB memory limit whereas for the 64-bit Windows 8.1 OS, the maximum storage limit is up to 512GB. So, the Bay Trail tablets that do not support the 64-bit version would only have a storage capacity of until 4 GB. According to Steve Smith, vice president and director of tablet development at Intel, “We have the capability, now it’s a matter of when a consumer system would need that, that’s probably sometime in the future, I’d say a few generations away.” According to sources, one of the main reasons for not releasing the tablet is the limitations that have been observed in the Windows 8.1 operating system. For example, the connected standby feature that allows the users to set their Windows 8.1 computers in sleep mode and wake up quickly is only available in the 32-bit version. Although, according to the technicians available at the Windows support number, Microsoft would be including this feature in 64-bit version, it would take time for the users to access this feature in the 64-bit version. Moreover, Intel also feels the 64-bit is not essential necessary on consumer tablets and would be more useful for those working in the IT enterprise.

According to Chris Walker, general manager of tablets at Intel’s Mobile Communications Group, Intel is developing a Bay Trail tablet chip that would run on the 64-bit versions of Windows 8.1, and it is all set to launch by early next year. He said “We’re developing new hardware with Windows 8.1. There will be a [chip] that supports the enterprise-class feature set.” As stated by the technicians at the Windows support number, once the 64-bit support launches, the users would be able to run applications faster and would have access to more memory. This means that even a 4k video could be played on the tablet.

Hence, once Microsoft includes the features in the 64-bit version, it is certain that the Windows 8.1 users would experience a novel and fast computing experience as compared to the older version.
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