News of Windows 8 was exciting enough but a close up with a Windows 8 tablet pumping NVIDIA’s quad processor cores makes us more than a bit delirious. An operating system that doesn’t hog resources and the Kal-El processor that promises energy efficiency and light weight tablets – this could be the start of a whole new generation of mobile devices.
Before we get too excited, out with the news. Following the Windows 8 announcement, NVIDIA presented the Windows 8 Developer Program that’s meant to help developers build super awesome apps and games for the latest Windows OS. The program includes tools and resources – SDKs, utilities, samples, documentation, training, and education – for developers to start creating software for “hundreds of millions of ARM and x86-based devices.” And that includes NVIDIA’s quad-core Tegra processor codenamed Project Kal-El.
Microsoft released developer copies of Windows 8 on September 13 so there’s lots of time to learn before Windows 8 goes live next year. Though NVIDIA’s spokesperson did not share many details, he did mention significant battery life improvements – as in days versus hours. The reference tablet was out of reach within a glass case so engadget had to make do with clicks.
Epic Games, business partner of NVIDIA since a decade, talked about the potential of Windows 8. According to them, NVIDIA’s developer support is the “gold standard for chip makers”. The game publisher looks forward to a continued partnership with NVIDIA and making the best games on the planet. We hope the same too.
Meanwhile, Windows 8 being “Windows” (always associate it with reboots) has tried to make the OS crashing window look more appealing with a blue background and a sad smiley that gives you the good news that the OS can’t understand what’s wrong and the device will restart in “n” seconds before it’s off for an automatic restart. You do get a few seconds to take note of keywords under the message that point to the problem. Do what you can with them.
A screen for OS crash messages is not what we want to discuss when we’re so excited about Windows 8. But, it is Microsoft after all.