The tech industry and businesses are anticipating the unveiling of the first 64-bit-compatible Windows 8.1 “Bay Trail” tablets at the Mobile World Congress tradeshow later this month.
Although Intel’s latest Atom family of processors are built for 64-bit operating systems, devices from companies such as HP, Dell, Lenovo, and Samsung using these have only been compatible with the 32-bit version of this OS, forcing most Windows 8.1 tablets to be consumer focused.
One of the biggest benefits in offering 64-bit architecture is that manufacturers will be able to increase the available RAM, which is limited to just 4GB with the 32-bit designs. This means users will be able to get even more out of their Windows 8.1 tablets, with better performance and increased capabilities.
In addition, IT departments have taken issue with the 32-bit Bay Trail devices, finding it difficult to standardize across platforms as they prefer to stick with software developed for 64-bit systems. Therefore, to make these Bay Trail tablets appealing to business users and IT departments, it is necessary for manufacturers to offer them with the 64-bit version of Windows.
Dell and More
Dell is expected to be one of the first device makers to jump on board by offering a 64-bit Bay Trail version of its Venue 8 Pro and Venue 11 Pro. The company already offers two 64-bit models, but the company opted for Haswell processors for these rather than Bay Trail, requiring a larger formfactor
A spokesperson was reported by Cnet as stating “Dell will offer 64-bit OS support for its Venue 8 Pro and Venue 11 Pro tablets running Bay Trail (Atom) later this year.” Microsoft representatives also confirmed that customers can expect to see other Windows 8.1 devices featuring the 64-bit Atom processor.
It comes as no surprise that tablet manufacturers are now scrambling to offer 64-bit Windows 8.1 Bay Trail devices, after Apple introduced its 64-bit A7 processor for iOS smartphones and tablets.
With the opportunity to deploy 64-bit machines, it seems that businesses might be more willing to adopt Windows 8.1 since they will be able to standardize programs across devices. Now, the tech industry will have to keep its eye on when we can expect to see the first 64-bit Android device.