It recently made the rounds that Microsoft will be phasing out the 32-bit systems for windows and will also begin gradual transition to the 64 bits, this will take place following the windows 2004 (May 2020) updates. As much as this comes as a shocker you can not exactly fault Microsoft on this one. The tech landscape is an everchanging field. Moreover, all major CPU manufacture stopped manufacturing such processors a long time ago.

For those currently using the 32-bit systems, this is not a signal to throw away your computers. Windows explained that software supports and upgrades will still be provided for users in this category. Essentially, the transition simple means that you will not be able to buy a 32-bit system at a store by the end of this year.

So, why is this happening now?

32-bit systems are the bedrock of PCs. In the early days of this technology, most systems carried 32-bit processors for reasons we don’t need to think to far to know; it was the dawn of the technology, we didn’t know the possibilities and capabilities.

At the same time, the fact that the world of PCs was governed by such processors presented a limitation, no system could handle more than 4 GB of RAM and so, you would see notebooks, laptops and desktop computers with 2 GB RAM, but the cap was 4 GB.

As a result, the operating systems were built to run on 32-bit OS but then things started to develop when we began harnessing the power of technology. More sophisticated programmes that could help us achieve results faster than manual labour were created; but running these programmes on a computer that has a maximum of 4 GB of RAM could be a headache. Try running FL Studio on 2 GB (Premium Tears!!!). Most of the computers made in the 1990s and 2000s were 32-bit machines.

So, we needed something faster

Then the 64-bit came to be. 64-bit computers created more opportunities for more RAM, helping the engineers, the sound engineers, music producers and most importantly data analysts and scientists do things faster than before. So, you could have your AutoCAD, Tableau, SQL and still get faster results.

But there was also a plus. 64-bit systems can run 32-bit versions of programmes and apps, but the vice versa is not possible.

All these issues combined, gave Microsoft the impetus to start a shift

Then there is the commercial side, Microsoft recognizes that 64-bit systems sell more than the 32-bit. Most PC users purchase the former especially if they make use of some heavy-duty programmes, this extends to the Operating Systems, 64-bit windows OS get off the shelf more.

What does this mean for us Windows users and Microsoft?

This obviously does not affect 64 bit users but what about the 32-bit users? The fact that as from May 2020, no more updates could be pretty worrisome. These 32 bit users could continue the usage of their system but in no time will not be able to use the system again. As such, eventually, an upgrade will need to be made preferably a 64-bit system.

Microsoft did what any other business will do, get rid of the redundant stuff, and focus on what can thrive. While this seems like a plausible idea, it could go south in a lot of ways. Microsoft will definitely lose some users. For example, I already have a feeling that windows are not half as capable as Macintosh and the fact that windows copies from its competitor show a lot. Many will probably migrate to the Mac in no time but then again wins and losses are part of tech, Microsoft must prepare to hold the fort and weather the storm ahead.