NVIDIA CEO believes Windows Phone 7 apps will run on Windows 8

There have been hints that Microsoft's mobile operating system Windows Phone 7 will have more than just superficial links to its upcoming Windows 8 PC operating system. Today, News.com reports that the CEO of graphics chip maker NVIDIA, Jen-Hsun Huang, believes that applications that are created for Windows Phone 7 will also be able to run on Windows 8. The article doesn't expand on if Huang is just speculating or if he has some inside information about such a crossover development feature.

If true, that would mean that any programs made for Microsoft's mobile operating system could also find a home on the many PCs and tablet devices that will run on Windows 8. It's possible that Microsoft could reveal more links between the two operating systems at the BUILD conference in Anaheim, California next week.

The News.com article is mostly about NVIDIA's growth in the mobile processor market. Huang believes the company will generate as much as $20 billion from its mobile processor unit by 2015, about 10 times more than what it currently brings in. By contrast the company predicts its older PC graphics chip division will only see a 75 percent growth in revenue by the same time frame, to $7 billion. Huang says that its Tegra processor is in 50 percent of the higher end Android-based smartphones and in 70 percent of Android based tablets. The company is working on its quad-core mobile processor, code named "Kal-El", that's due to debut in some devices by the end of 2011.

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They already run on Windows 7. There just hasn't been relevant widely marketed hardware to handle the touchscreen interface unless you were to substitute touch input for a mouse.

I think this would be great because Win8 could hit the market with thousands of touch-friendly apps ready to use. The amount of apps is a big reason for the popularity of the iPad (aside from Apple's red hot brand name - which is getting ridiculous). This will be a key factor for Win8 to get quick and positive adoption in the market.

The Teej said,
One's developed in C#.NET... the other in HTML5/CSS/JS. Slight difference much?

Nothing stops Windows from running C#/.NET apps, we'll have to wait for build but I'm going to bet that the start screen apps will also be native/.NET and HTML5+CSS+JS. It was probably a marketing decision to point out the html5 support for start screen apps in Win8 to bring in all those web devs making web apps into the mix as well.

definitely! Imagine WP7 App is like a big fullscreen app. On the WP7 phone you have to scroll to the side to see more while the other phone you have to scroll up and down . Now, in Windows 8, the same app, the can see it in full screen. This is completely logical and may be a plan Microsoft made from the beginning.

i wouldn't like this, the only universal app platform should be html5. if developers start developing phone apps like they are windows apps, they lose their mobility novelty

jasonon said,
i wouldn't like this, the only universal app platform should be html5. if developers start developing phone apps like they are windows apps, they lose their mobility novelty

One would argue that html5 as a platform is limiting, the native code c++ guys would laugh at you, and even SL/Flash/Java etc let you do more than html5+JS. Remember that most of those html5 web "apps" have big backend services supporting them which are, in the end, written in something else.

FMH said,
Now so far we only know, that it's a one way compatibility. Would Windows apps run on WP8?

Pure speculation of course, but don't see why not with minimal fuss, at least the dotNET based ones.

Max Norris said,

Pure speculation of course, but don't see why not with minimal fuss, at least the dotNET based ones.

Yeah, WP apps are just silverlight and or XNA, they run regardless. If you make a Silverlight 4 app for Windows8 it should, maybe with a simple rebuild, on WP7 as well. There could be some small differences in SL4 on WP7 and Win8 but I'm guessing here.

ObiWanToby said,
Oh boy, the end of computing is near. I will have to root my new Desktops and Laptops!

If you think that Microsoft will pull that same walled-garden trick on you like Apple, you're sadly mistaken. Apple's evil business practices are unique to them only. You have nothing to worry about.

PlogCF said,

If you think that Microsoft will pull that same walled-garden trick on you like Apple, you're sadly mistaken. Apple's evil business practices are unique to them only. You have nothing to worry about.
Apple follows a strict business practice, however that doesn't mean it's bad for the end customer. It may be bad for the developer. It may be bad for its competitors. It may be bad for people who manufacture products for Apple. In the end, because the end-user is happy, all the whining is pointless. Apple enjoys the freedom it has in its own world that most companies cannot even enter at this time.

Google is trying to do the very same thing in the Web Space, but so far it hasn't got as much traction from end-users. Chromebook was the first attempt at it. Sales numbers anyone?

If this is true, I like what Microsoft is trying to do here. That would level the field between Apple and MS. This will be a huge boon for developers if the new Win8 UI/mode can run Silverlight (.NET) apps. Previously we had felt that MS was ignoring the .NET crowd and telling people to switch to HTML5/JS. Hope they make developers happy at Build.

Edited by Jebadiah, Sep 7 2011, 3:00am :

PlogCF said,

If you think that Microsoft will pull that same walled-garden trick on you like Apple, you're sadly mistaken. Apple's evil business practices are unique to them only. You have nothing to worry about.

To be honest I do not see big differences between the iPhone and WP7 "wallet garden".