NVIDIA CEO has suggested that Microsoft should build a version of the modern Office productivity software suite to run on ARM machines running Windows 8.
NVIDIA CEO Urges For A Office For Windows 8 Running On ARM Tablets
NVIDIA has an ARM processor based system (on a chip) called Tegra. It is a low powered system that can run handheld devices like a smartphone or a tablet. There are already many Tegra-based devices in the market from the likes of Asus and MSI. The company has definite plans to develop Tegra in to a product that can also power laptops and netbooks. However, with Windows 8, NVIDIA’s CEO Jen-Hsun Huang wants to be out with tablets first.
He said that he could not speak on Microsoft’s behalf and was voicing his own opinion when he stated that he wants his company to come out with Windows 8 tablets before PC’s. According to Huang, there’s a point to be made here with Windows 8.
Huang’s Points For Putting Tablets Ahead Of PC’s For Windows 8
Huang knows that Windows 8 is made for touch and hence it is best used on a tablet. The only problem that is stopping a mass substitution of PC’s with Windows 8 tablets is that there’s no support for legacy apps. However, Huang does not think that is the true reason. According to him, people just want MS Office. That according to him is “the killer app” that will make people want to buy the tablet. Other apps that are as important to people are just video games he said.
What Huang wants to target here is the large mass of students, teachers and corporate users who rely on MS Office. People who desperately want to play Windows based video games and run things like video editing software, graphics software like Photoshop and music making software — are comparatively a very small mass to the Office crowd. So it seems like we will see a lot of NVIDIA Windows 8 tablets before we see netbooks or similar.