Windows Server 2008 R2 will be last of Windows Server, SQL Server 2008 R2 and Visual Studio 2010 are also last to support Intel Itanium architecture. “Current support for Itanium remains unchanged. Each of these products represent state of the art of their respective product lines, and fully support Itanium – recently-released Itanium 9300 “Tukwila” processor, and Microsoft’s support for these products will continue – following Microsoft Support Lifecycle Policy. Mainstream support for Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-Based Systems and R2 will end, in accordance with policy, on July 9, 2013, while extended support will continue until July 10, 2018. That’s 8 more years of support[…]Both Intel and AMD released new high core-count with 8 or more x64 processors, and servers. Such servers contain 64 to 96 processor cores, with more on horizon. 2008 R2 was designed to support business-critical capabilities these processors and servers offer. It supports up to 256 logical processors (cores or hyper-threading units), so it’s ready for ever-increasing number of cores. It supports techs such as Intel’s Machine Check Architecture, which allow detection & correction of bit-level hardware errors. And NEC published a new world record TPC-E benchmark for online transaction processing of 3,141.76 tpsE on a system with 8 x64 processors – a result more than 50% higher than previous record. Microsoft’ll continue to focus on x64 architecture, and it’s new business-critical role, while we continue to support Itanium customers for next 8 years as this transition’s completed,” revealed Dan Reger.