With the recent launch of the Windows 8 operating system, Nvidia has stated that its collaboration with Microsoft Corp will mean that consumers can utilise the products running on Nvidia-powered systems for Windows 8 and Windows RT.
Nvidia states in an official statement that PCs with Nvidia GeForce GPUs will deliver experiences for editing photos and video, playing games, and browsing the web because Windows 8 and Internet Explorer (IE) 10 now make use of graphics hardware. Nvidia Tegra processors will power a new generation of thin and light Windows RT devices that runs for long periods of time on a single charge.
Nvidia helps in providing the optimum experience for Windows 8
Windows RT marks the first time that PCs have been able to make use of the ARM-based processors such as Tegra 3, enabling two weeks of connected standby time. Most Windows RT devices at launch use NVIDIA Tegra 3, including the Asus Vivo Tab RT, Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11, and Microsoft Surface RT.
“We’ve worked with Microsoft for three years to ensure that Windows RT delivers a seamless experience on mobile devices,” said Rene Haas, vice president and general manager of computing products at NVIDIA. “Our experience with Windows and expertise on ARM makes NVIDIA specially qualified to deliver a premium Windows experience on any system – from sexy and sleek Windows RT tablets to high-end gaming PCs.”
For almost two decades, Nvidia has worked closely with Microsoft to provide graphics technologies and video drivers for Microsoft operating systems and APIs. Nvidia engineers began working three years ago to support Microsoft’s effort to take advantage of graphics hardware in Windows 8 and to extend its popular operating system to tablets. Nvidia states that it has provided extensive support including development kits, software support and 500 man-years of engineering time in collaborating with Microsoft to deliver a streamlined Windows experience on mobile devices.
Windows RT will comes with productivity tools such as Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 RT Preview, which includes Word 2013 RT, Excel 2013 RT, PowerPoint 2013 RT, and OneNote 2013 RT.
In the official statement, Nvidia states that the Tegra-based Windows RT devices are great for gaming, powered by a 12-core Nvidia GPU that renders realistic-looking scenes with dynamic lighting and real-time physics. Nvidia states that it will also extend its TegraZone application to Windows RT to make it easy for gamers to identify good games for Tegra-powered Windows RT devices.
For GeForce customers planning to upgrade their operating system, NVIDIA has already released Windows Hardware Quality Labs (WHQL)-certified GeForce drivers to help ensure that their PCs are ready for Windows 8.
Microsoft has recently the global availability of its latest Windows operating system, Windows 8. From today, Windows goes on sale for consumers and businesses. Windows 8 has a new user interface (UI), and a range of applications. Also announced was the opening of the Windows Store. As a result of work with hardware partners, more than 1,000 certified PCs and tablets, including Microsoft Surface, will be available for the launch of Windows 8 — making it the best line-up of PCs ever across the Windows 8 and Windows RT ecosystem.