Consumer-oriented tablets released this fall running Intel’s latest Atom processors will have to run the 32-bit version of Windows 8.1, as the 64-bit version is not yet finished.
Intel’s “Bay Trail” Atom processors began shipping to tablet makers this week, and Microsoft is going to introduce Windows 8.1 in mid October. A number of tablets combining these two have already been announced, and more are expected.
But all of these are going to have to run the 32-bit version of this operating system, even though Bay Trail chips are 64-bit. This means that they will be limited to 4GB of RAM.
Steve Smith, Intel’s head of tablet development, pointed out that few if any companies making consumer-oriented tablets want to put in more than 4GB of RAM.
On the other hand, this might keep tablets running Bay Trail processors from being deployed by large companies who prefer all their devices to be 64-bit.