Microsoft planning 128-bit version of Windows 8?

Could Microsoft be planning a 128-bit version of their next major operating system?

Windows 7 is not even out the door yet and rumors are already circulating about the next version of Microsoft's OS, Windows 8.

According to Microsoft employee Robert Morgan, future iterations of Windows, including Windows 8, could support a 128-bit architecture. Two weeks ago his now defunct LinkedIn profile disclosed that he had been working on "research and development projects including 128-bit architecture compatibility with the Windows 8 kernel and Windows 9 project plan".

Further to this, Morgan's profile also let slip that Microsoft are hoping to form a number of future relationships with major players such as IBM, Intel, AMD and others in the run up to 128-bit support. (Keep in mind that 64-bit computing is just now going mainstream.)

An interview with Robert Morgan, who has been with the company since 2002, is expected to appear on Windows 8 News within the coming days, hopefully shedding more light on what to expect from the next version of Windows, codenamed Chirdori.

So while we wait to learn more on the future of Windows, be sure to check our coverage on Microsoft's latest effort, Windows 7.

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