by Anton Shilov
08/12/2013 | 11:05 PM
While sales of Microsoft Corp.’s Surface RT-series tablets have been dismal in particular and ARM-compatible Windows RT has so far been seen as a disappointment in general, chief executive officer of Nvidia Corp. continues to believe that the latter operating system will actually skyrocket.
At present, Nvidia and Microsoft are working “really hard” on the second generation of Surface media tablets running Windows RT operating system, according to Jen-Hsun Huang, chief executive officer of Nvidia. The biggest problem with Windows RT on the corporate market was the lack of pre-installed Outlook app on the tablets. With Windows 8.1 “Blue” update, that failure will be gone.
“Outlook is the killer app for Windows. Now we are going to bring it with the second-generation Surface as well as Windows “Blue”. We are working really hard on it, and we hope that it is going to be a big success,” said Mr. Hsun-Huang, chief executive officer of Nvidia, in a brief talk with Cnet News.
Windows RT is a fully-fledged Microsoft operating system compatible with ARM-architecture application processors and incompatible with the vast majority of programs developed for Windows, something that clearly discourages anyone from using it. Given the fact that it carries Windows name, it confuses many buyers as people expect compatibility with their applications. Many PC makers, including Toshiba and Samsung, decided not to offer Windows RT-based devices early in the lifecycle of the OS so to avoid the misunderstandings. Microsoft is currently working hard to improve software support for the Windows RT platform.
According to unofficial information, Microsoft intends to unify operating system for tablets, smartphones and personal computers in the coming years. Eventually, there will be software compatibility across-the-board, which should make Microsoft’s platforms a lot more competitive than they are today. Microsoft yet has to confirm the plan.