What’s In A Name?

Quick note: it appears to this reporter that Microsoft has indeed standardized on x64 as the name of the AMD64-related 64-bit CPU architecture. There were tons of suggestions (AMD64, x86-64, x64, AA-64, …). The pinko liberal left-wing anti-corporate WTO-picketing hippie in me suspects that Microsoft bowed to Intel’s pressure to change the architecture name (otherwise it would have resulted in using the AMD64 build of Windows to run on Intel’s x64 systems), but the level-headed nerdy-geek computer scientist abstractaholic in me thinks that Microsoft has just finally eliminated vendor names from platform definitions in a long-overdue nomenclature simplification.

Whatever your take, this news could not possibly be more insignificant, unless you happen to feel bad for (or be) AMD.

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