[Python-Dev] Fwd: Download Page - AMD64

"Martin v. Löwis" martin at v.loewis.de
Wed Jan 13 20:40:30 CET 2010

> As Windows doesn't run on non-x86 architectures, their naming is
> generally just Windows <Whatever> (32 bit) and Windows <Whatever> (64 bit).

Windows actually does - it runs on IA-64 (which is a non-x86 architecture).

However, end users are unlikely to use such hardware, so distinguishing
between 32-bit and 64-bit is typically good enough.

> In this case, making it clear that the 64-bit Windows binaries work for
> both Intel and AMD chips is more important than using only the official
> architecture name.

Well, we did have Itanium binaries at one point, and the "64-bit Windows
binaries" you are referring to most definitely don't run on Itanium,
even though that's an Intel chip.


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