Experts, please comment on the statement below!!
As an agent for a very large, national insurance company, I (like all agents) have to buy my own PC but connect/interact with a national IT system provided by the HQ company. The head of IT has put out this statement and it has created a LOT of heartburn for dozens of us who have already bought a 64-Bit Vista OS.
If you are planning to buy a new computer, do not get a a 64-Bit Operating System (64-Bit Windows Vista). A 64-Bit Operating System is not compatible with our application and especially with Lotus Notes Client version 8.0.2 (We will be rolling out the lotus notes client upgrade to version 8 within the next two months). For those of you that already have purchased a 64-Bit Operating System or 64-Bit Windows Vista, please check with your vendor to see if you can get a 32-Bit Windows Vista Operating System instead and then downgrade to a 32-Bit Operating System on your computer. The 32-Bit Operating System runs as great as a 64-Bit computer and there is no performance penalty. On the other hand and in addition to the fact that the 64-Bit Operating System is not compatible with our application, users may experience issues with incompatible hardware and drivers (network card, wireless, etc.). Lastly, a 64-Bit Operating System is made mainly for a database server or servers that need to compile a huge amount of data quickly. A 64-Bit Operating System are uncharted territory for most users and if you are planning to use a 64-Bit Operating System on a desktop computer, you will be running into a lot of issues.