On Ending Itanium Support
Microsoft announced last month that support for Intel Itanium processors will be phased out for Windows Server, SQL Server and Visual Studio -- ending the Microsoft era of multi-architecture support in server processors. Martin Reynolds, vice president and research fellow at Gartner Inc., put the move in perspective:
"This isn't the first time Microsoft has threatened to stop putting Windows on Itanium, they originally started talking about this in 2003. You can have 64, 128 Itanium processors in a system. You can't do that with x86. [Now, with] Windows, you really can't do that. If you've got a lot of work to do on Windows, you have to use virtualization."