NVIDIA Today showed off a prototype tablet that is built around its latest Tegra 3 quad core processor at the ongoing CES event. However, for a change, the tablet isn’t going to run Android 4.0 (or for that matter any other flavor of Android). Instead, the tablet is seen running Windows 8. However, the tablet isn’t seen doing much though the lock screen, start screen, and Windows store are there to be seen.
“I can’t wait to ship it,” said Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang. “This is going to be a fantastic tablet year, with (Google’s) Ice Cream Sandwich and Windows 8.”
Already it’s been a year since Microsoft announced that Windows 8 will be running on devices both based on ARM based processors or on X86 chips. However, the problem lies elsewhere. There are hundreds of thousands of Windows apps already available in the market though nearly all of them are compliant with X86 platform and not on ARM based devices. However, Microsoft is attracting developers to develop apps so that the full screen Windows 8 Metro user will be able to run on devices with both ARM and X86 processors.
All this notwithstanding, the excitement Windows 8 has generated can be measured in Huang’s words when he said: “Windows 8 is coming to market and I don’t remember another Windows version as exciting as this one since Windows 95,” said he before also adding, “Just as Windows 95 enabled a new class of devices in consumer PCs, Windows 8 is going to enable a new class of devices, this time moving Windows to mobile devices. This is an epic event.”
Windows had long been associated with Intel though the emergence of Windows 8 is set to change all of that as its ARM based platforms that we will also be seeing a lot of Windows 8 action in the coming days.