What will be the next "NT" ?

Hi all.

Windows 8 uses the same basic kernel (NT 6.2) as Vista (NT 6.0) .
Ok.
But what is the next big architeture release - NT7 or better?

Windows 9/ Blue seems like just a new interface with service pack fixes.
I didn't hear anything about the next BIG release, not even rumors.
Will we have NT 6 forever ?

Any ideas?
Thanks!
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  1. There has never been a big architecture release beside win8 RT. It's all still x86 ;)
  2. Windows 2003 on IA-64 (Itanium).

    IA-64 was misunderstood by the people here due to it's lower clock speeds.

    WinNT was also on Alpha, MIPS, etc too.
  3. Windows 2003 on IA-64 (Itanium).

    IA-64 was misunderstood by the people here due to it's lower clock speeds.

    WinNT was also on Alpha, MIPS, etc too.
  4. Scott_D_Bowen said:
    Windows 2003 on IA-64 (Itanium).

    IA-64 was misunderstood by the people here due to it's lower clock speeds.

    WinNT was also on Alpha, MIPS, etc too.

    Hopefully the ARM version is not going the same way! ;)
  5. Scott_D_Bowen said:
    Windows 2003 on IA-64 (Itanium).

    IA-64 was misunderstood by the people here due to it's lower clock speeds.

    WinNT was also on Alpha, MIPS, etc too.

    Hopefully the ARM version is not going the same way ;)
  6. Thanks for the posts.
    But I think the kernel has little to do with the CPU architecture.

    NT was processor independent since the very begining.
    For example, NT3 supported x86, DEC Alpha, and ARC-compliant MIPS platforms.
    NT 6 supported x86/64 and Itanium. Then later dropped Itanium and added ARM.
    So there is no CPU architecure pattern here.

    Anyway,
    I'm hoping the new NT 7 kernel will better support heterogeneous computing architectures. So for doing graphics or OpenCL, no memory needs to be copied, loaded, and unloaded to and from the video card. Instead they will all use the exact-same 64 bit addressing so there is no loading and unloading. This can also be used for hard-drives. That means no more offline - except in network environments.

    NT 7 can also mean support for 128 bit CPUs

    (my 2 cents worth)
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