64-bit Windows 8
If you’ve settled on, oh, Windows 8.1 as your operating system of choice, you aren’t off the hook yet. You need to decide whether you want the 32-bit flavor or the 64-bit flavor of Windows 8.1. (Similarly, Windows 8.1 Pro and Enterprise are available in a 32-bit model and a 64-bit model.)
Windows 8.1 is also gaining ground among gamers, with new data provided by Valve’s Steam platform confirming that more users are making the move to this particular OS version.
Windows 8.1 is supposed to be the fastest Windows version to date, but it turns out that the new operating system is actually very slow on some machines.
The weekend started with reports that Microsoft was preparing a new patch for the Windows 8.1 RTM build called "GA Rollup A" that contains mostly bug fixes and improvements for the OS ahead of its official launch later next week. Now it looks like the x64 version of the GA Rollup A patch has been leaked to the Internet outside of Microsoft's own download channels.
Windows 8 is slowly increasing its market share, but the latest statistics provided by Valve for its Steam platform indicate that the 64-bit version is actually the second top choice for gamers worldwide.
The floodgates are truly open now. Yesterday we reported that an English version of Windows 8.1 Pro (x64) RTM had leaked, but with a corrupted install.wim file (that could be repaired). Today two 'untouched' original ISO's have already leaked online, this time both the x64 and x86 versions.
Windows 8.1 hit RTM only a few days ago and while Microsoft has been holding the final bits back from developers via its MSDN/Technet channels, the English version (note: the en-US 8.1 Pro x64 install.wim leaked) of the platform has now leaked. The English leak follows a series of RTM leaks that have occurred since the platform was sent to OEMs that appear to have originated from China.
Microsoft just announced a few hours ago that the RTM version of Windows 8.1 has gone gold. Now two reports from Neowin readers in our message board, and messages on another website claim that a 'Simplified Chinese' version of the RTM build has leaked on the Internet.
Just over a year ago, Valve co-founder Gabe Newell made headlines when he said that Windows 8 was "a catastrophe for everyone in the PC space". Today, the hardware survey numbers for Valve's Steam service confirmed that the 64-bit version of Windows 8 is now firmly in the second position as the most used OS on Steam.
Microsoft’s newest flagship operating system is becoming a much more popular choice for gamers using the Steam platform and the 64- bit version is very close to overtaking the 32-bit flavor of Windows 7.
A new round of statistics provided by Valve’s Steam platform reveals that Windows 8 is becoming a much more popular gaming platform, as it reached a market share of 11.65 percent.
Boot Camp, the software included with OS X Lion and Mountain Lion so customers can run compatible versions of Microsoft Windows on an Intel-based Mac, now supports Windows 8 (64-bit). In tandem with OS X 10.8.3, Apple this week rolled out Boot Camp Support Software 5.0.5033, a download package that contains “the Windows Support Software (Windows Drivers) you will need to support Windows 7 and Windows 8 on your Mac,” according to Apple.