Microsoft Ends Support for Intel’s Itanium Processor

Microsoft has decided to end support for Itanium Processor developed by Intel. It will continue to provide mainstream support for Itanium-based systems until July 2013, and extended support until July 2018.

The reason behind withdrawal is that the number of Windows licenses sold on Itanium is very less compared to the x64 business and the Intel’s latest multicore Xeon 7500 series processors has high-end reliability features compared to Itanium.

“Windows Server 2008 R2 will be the last version of Windows Server to support the Intel Itanium architecture,” Dan Reger , a Microsoft senior technical product manager, wrote on the Windows Server Division Weblog.