Nvidia: Windows 8 Tablets Are Not PCs

When Microsoft announced that the next version of Windows

would run on ARM-based chips
, one question which remained was whether we would

end up seeing fully-fledged PCs running on these chips, or would Windows on ARM be limited

to mobile devices.

At All Things D’s AsiaD conference, the CEO of Nvidia,

Jen-Hsun Huang, told the audience that in his opinion, Windows on ARM should not

be a PC. He told This is my next it was really important

that Microsoft do not position Windows on ARM devices as PCs.

“From a finesse perspective, and I cannot speak on their

[Microsoft’s] behalf, I would come out with tablets first. It helps establish

that this not a PC,” Huang said.

At last month’s BUILD conference we saw Windows 8 running on

a variety of form factors, including tablets, laptops and PCs, and if the Nvidia boss’ comments

are anything to go by, we won’t be seeing Tegra 3-powered PCs or laptops any time soon.

Huang went on to say that for him, compatibility with Office

is of vital importance. “What people really want is Office to run on Windows on

ARM. It’s the killer app. On PCs everything else is on the web or video games,”

he said.

“I don’t believe there’s any reason to make Office

95 run on a Windows on ARM tablet. It would be wonderful if a new version

of Office runs on ARM. It would be a requirement for me to be attracted to that


The issue of legacy program support on ARM devices will be

something which Microsoft will have to address sooner rather than later, as it

could become a major sticking point for ARM devices succeeding when they finally

appear towards the end of next year.

Source: This is my next