Nvidia CEO: Windows RT is a keeper

Summary:"If you extrapolate it forward by a few years, it's hard to imagine how Win RT can't possibly, won't possibly be a wonderful PC," says Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang. Do you agree?

Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang is a big believer in Microsoft's Windows RT operating system and can't imagine how it "won't possibly be a wonderful PC."


Rest assured that Huang's take isn't exactly objective. Nvidia is a Microsoft partner on Surface with Windows RT. Nevertheless, Huang talked Android, tablets and noted that Windows RT will be a player.

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Huang likened Windows RT to Android's first tablet foray. At first, Nvidia looked too early and then the bet paid off. Here's a look at Huang's full comments following Nvidia's fourth quarter earnings:

I believe in tablets wholeheartedly. And it's an area, it's a segment of the marketplace that we are going to continue to invest in and be quite successful in. Win RT -- I believe it is essential, strategically essential for Microsoft to be on all of the major processors in the world, surely the highest volume processor in the world, as a software company, and an operating system company. It's a market they can't afford to ignore. And so, Win RT is surely going to be an important area for them.

Now, whether people see Win RT as a consumer tablet or as a PC is yet to be determined. But at the very minimum, if you extrapolate it forward by a few years, it's hard to imagine how Win RT can't possibly, won't possibly be a wonderful PC. We know exactly what it feels like on top of a Tegra 4, and it rocks. It's fantastic. And so, Win RT I think will be successful as well. Microsoft will have no choice but to continue to invest in it, and it's a great company. They will do something great with it.

Huang's comments are notable because you can spin in a circle and find someone who thinks Windows RT will be an orphan. Is Windows RT and orphan in the making or Microsoft's future?

Topics: Tech Industry, Enterprise Software, Hardware, Microsoft, Processors, Windows


Larry Dignan is Editor in Chief of ZDNet and SmartPlanet as well as Editorial Director of ZDNet's sister site TechRepublic. He was most recently Executive Editor of News and Blogs at ZDNet. Prior to that he was executive news editor at eWeek and news editor at Baseline. He also served as the East Coast news editor and finance editor at CN... Full Bio

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