Intel Bay Trail tablets with 64-bit Windows 8.1 to be released in Q1 2014

Since the launch of Windows 8 over a year ago, any tablet devices that have used Microsoft's operating system have been restricted to the 32-bit version. That has stayed the same for the release of the new Windows 8.1 tablets such as the Dell Venue 8. Now Intel says that Windows 8.1 tablets with the 64-bit SKU will begin to go on sale sometime in the first quarter of 2014 using the company's latest Atom processor.

Dell's recent Venue 8 tablet uses the 32-bit Windows 8.1 OS, rather than the 64-bit version.

The news came as part of a recent investor meeting at Intel. PC World reports that CEO Brian Krzanich stated that the 64-bit Windows 8.1 tablet products will use the new Bay Trail version of the low-powered Atom processor. That same chip will also be used inside tablets that will have a 64-bit version of Android but they will be released sometime after the Windows 8.1 tablets.

The 64-bit version of Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 have been far more popular for desktop and notebook devices than the 32-bit version. A recent update of the Steam hardware survey showed that over 66 percent of the users of Valve's game download service had either the 64-bit version of Windows 7 or 8 installed on their PCs.

Source: PC World | Image via Dell

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