Talk:32-bit

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during which time still doesn't really roll of the tongue, ne? Maybe it still needs some more refrasing. We are trying to get accross that:

  1. During an extended period of time mostly 32-bit consumer computers were fabricated.
  2. That 32-bit is a designation for the collective of those computers.

Shinobu 21:11, 5 Apr 2005 (UTC)

I agree. I dislike it. It sounds like corporatese. Changing to "in which" here is enough to fix it. --Shlomital 12:52, 11 March 2006 (UTC)

Incorrect logic[edit]

The previous author tried to make a convoluted connection between 4 billion bits and 4 GB of Random Access memory which is completely incorrect and will confused people.

108.17.109.131 (talk) 14:42, 5 October 2011 (UTC)


32-bit applications for Windows 95/98[edit]

Windows 95 and Windows 98 weren't "applications", they were operating systems with a mix of 16-bit and 32-bit code. They supported both 16-bit (DOS and Win16) and 32-bit (Win32) applications. Guy Harris (talk) 19:01, 20 January 2008 (UTC)

32-bit applications for Mac OS[edit]

Mac OS supported applications with at least 24-bit pointers, and later versions supported applications with 32-bit pointers; the 68000 and all later 68k processors, and the PowerPC processors, supported 32-bit arithmetic as well, so the apps for the Mac weren't 16-bit apps. Guy Harris (talk) 19:01, 20 January 2008 (UTC)

For example, Office 95 was available in 32-bit form[1]. Guy Harris (talk) 21:46, 20 January 2008 (UTC)

Adding to the History of 32 bit[edit]

This article is kinda short, someone should add a part on when 32-bit first became created & common & what kind of results that had on computers. T97π (talk) 04:13, 26 September 2013 (UTC)

"When 32-bit first became created" - that was at least 1964, and may have been before that. Interestingly, it had fewer bits per word than IBM's previous line of mainframe computers. Guy Harris (talk) 04:29, 26 September 2013 (UTC)
And the main effect the 32-bitness of S/360 had on computers was that it popularized the 8-bit byte, although that was not just a consequence of its 32-bitness, it was also a consequence of it using byte addressing. That byte size was adopted also by a number of 16-bit byte-addressable processors, such as the PDP-11. Guy Harris (talk) 07:43, 26 September 2013 (UTC)