Microsoft stops Alpha development

There will be no future releases of Microsoft products -- including 64-bit Windows NT support -- for Compaq Computer's Alpha platform.

There will be no future releases of Microsoft products -- including 64-bit Windows NT support -- for Compaq Computer's Alpha platform.

Beginning with Release Candidate 2, there will be no 32-bit Windows 2000 support, nor will there be new 32-bit Alpha releases of SQL Server, Exchange or other 32-bit Alpha BackOffice products, the company said.

There will also be no 64-bit versions of Windows or BackOffice developed for the Alpha platform, according to a posting on Microsoft's Web site.

This announcement won't affect Microsoft's plans to develop 64-bit versions of its products on the Intel platform. The company will continue to work with Compaq and other vendors to deliver a 64-bit NT version based on Intel Corp.'s forthcoming IA-64 chip architecture, the Microsoft post said.

The Microsoft announcement -- which comes days after Compaq's decision to abandon 32-bit Windows NT support on Alpha -- flies in the face of Compaq's assurances to provide 64-bit NT support on Alpha.

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