Craig Called It - but where is the real reason for 64-bit?

Craig called it quite a while ago

DevBlog: No more 32 bit OS from Microsoft

But the main post referenced notes that this is where Microsoft is headed but I found the previous post a bit more interesting.

Is Vista One Step ahead? talks about how important Microsoft feels it is to push the hardware and software edge so the future can do so much more but with Vista, it may be a case of too much, too soon. They want to harness all this great new hardware but as Joe Wilcox notes:

It's easy to knock Vista because the experience isn't that much
better than Windows XP. But the foundation for the Wow is there. The
applications are not, and even there Microsoft shares blame with its
partners. Windows Live Messenger should be a showcase for Windows
Presentation Foundation and other .NET Framework capabilities. Yahoo
showed off a real Vista instant messenger in January. It's now May. Where the hell is it?

The question I have is one that developers face regularly. What is the "wow" really going to be? So far, in my opinion, it's not in Vista - it's more in the way people are changing the way they use computers. I look at Craig (Bailey) revamping his desktop approach with the "virtual lifestyle"; I look at the companies (including Microsoft) that are providing mashup-development projects or the explosion in plug-ins. There are lots of examples of real "wow" experiences that don't involve the headaches of huge hardware upgrades, or

Does Vista change the way you use your computer? It does make some things easier - but does it change your lifestyle? Likewise with the switch to 64-bit. It sounds awesome that we have all that computing power - but is it delivering the better applications that change the world or at least your world?

Now, THAT would be a wow!

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