LOL on that one Thrax.Wouldn't it be great if we could all live in a fantasy land where Microsoft could simply abandon the last 15 years of 32-bit software, throw the 64-bit switch and leave hundreds of businesses--their biggest revenue source--in the cold?
Yeah, that'd be great.
Perhaps the transition of Apple could be a guide. Make a full 64 bit OS, totally incompatible with 32 bit over the course of a few updates. Run the legacy programs in emulation. This can be done fairly painlessly, and probably will be done by Microsoft.
Gates quote may apply here
"Pioneers get the arrows, settlers get the land"