NVIDIA plans to merge CPU and GPU – eventually

This whole debate also has implications for Microsoft and Windows. Huang says he is looking forward to Windows on ARM, which makes sense given NVIDIA’s future plans. That said, the I get impression from Microsoft is that Windows on ARM is not intended to be the same as Windows on x86 save for the change of processor. My impression is that Windows on ARM is Microsoft’s iOS, a locked-down operating system that will be safer for users and more profitable for Microsoft as app sales are channelled through its store. That is all very well, but suggests that we will still need x86 Windows if only to retain open access to the operating system.

Another interesting question is what will happen to Microsoft Office on ARM. It may be that x86 Windows will still be required for the full features of Office.

This means we cannot assume that Windows on ARM will be an instant hit; much is uncertain.

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2 comments on this post.
  1. Mary Branscombe:

    Always intrigued to get examples of what people believe win32 enables that WinRT doesn’t, specifically…

  2. Che:

    If GPU and CPU is merged, wouldn’t that give less choice for advanced users (read geeks) when it comes to configuring the system for specific use… gaming for example?