Nvidia CEO reveals Microsoft Surface 2 plans, includes 'the killer app'

Summary:Nvidia's CEO hopes the next generation Microsoft Surface tablet will be a "big success."

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Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang has spilled the beans on the next generation Microsoft Surface RT tablet.

Speaking to sister site CNET's Shara Tibken, Huang said the two companies are "working hard" to make it -- hopefully -- more of a success than its predecessor.

During Microsoft's Q4 2013 earnings, the Redmond giant admitted that sales of the Surface RT have been dismal at best, resulting in a write-down of $900 million. Despite reductions in price for the ARM-based Surface RT tablet, the company has generated only $853 million in revenue since the debut of Surface RT and Surface Pro last year.

Days after Microsoft's $900 million Surface RT "inventory adjustment" became public, Brian Hall, the General Manager of Surface Marketing told ZDNet that despite the losses , Microsoft is "100 percent committed to Surface RT and Windows RT going forward."

"We know we need a lot of Surface users to start the fly wheel of people recommending it," Hall said.

One problem is the fact there are few, if any, "killer apps" which will bring in the punters. Despite the fact that Nvidia and Microsoft are "working really hard" on the project, without useful, well-known apps available on the platform, it's unlikely consumers will abandon their iPads and Android tablets any time soon -- especially considering the ecosystem only supports around 100,000 apps so long after launch. 

As a result, Huang said that the next version of the Surface will include Outlook, which was not available at the time of launch last fall.

"It is the killer app for Windows," Huang told CNET. "Now we're going to bring it with the second-generation Surface. We're working really hard on it, and we hope that it's going to be a big success."

It is been almost a year since the launch of the tablet. Microsoft explained the delay in publicly announcing the heir to the Surface RT by telling ZDNet that is is taking a "measured and phased approach to the growth of the Surface business in order to meet customer demand and partner expectations."

Topics: Tablets, Microsoft

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