Originally Posted by pinniped
This is still the beginning of the transition of common proprietary software from 32-bit to 64-bit. It's still rather amusing that most commonly used free software has been happily running in 64 bits for at least the past 5 years .
There was no marketing advantage in promoting 64-bit applications because WinXp was 32 for the mainstream version. Then Vista was not stable in 64 bit (so I heard) and THEREFOR there was no marketing advantage in promoting 64-bits. If there is no marketing advantage, it will not be for sale. Once Microsoft make their customeres conscious that the OS should be 64 bits, oh boy, see all those software manufactures tumbling over each other to promote and sell 64-bits software. For a 20% price increase of course, and preferable creating an incompatibility between the 32 and 64 bits version.
And you know what? Customers don't even notice that they are being manipulated, instead they will be standing in line and buy 64 bits versions just to brag about it.