Microsoft withdraws support for Intel Itanium processors in its server platforms

Monday, April 5, 2010

Despite the relatively recent release of a new line of Intel Itanium processor 9300 (also known codenamed Tukwila), Microsoft has announced the imminent termination of support for these have not earned popularity as chips for its server operating system.

Stated, inter alia, that the Windows Server 2008 R2 will be the last version in the family of Windows Server, supporting the architecture Itanium. In addition, packages of SQL Server 2008 R2 and Visual Studio 2010 are also "the last of the Mohicans, able to interact with these processors.

At the same time, Microsoft notes that the current Intel Itanium processor will be fully supported by the Windows Server platform until July 9, 2013, and extended support will be provided until July 10, 2018. In addition, Intel is currently working on two new chip family Itamium - Poulson and Kittson, and yet is unlikely that the intention of Microsoft such as the impact on these plans.