NVIDIA underestimated resources needed for Windows Vista driver development

Posted on Friday, Apr 13 2007 @ 13:53 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
NVIDIA admitted the company had underestimated the amount of resources it needed to create well working graphics card drivers for Windows Vista, but the company remains positive and says the problems will soon be solved:
Nearly two months have passed since the last WHQL-certified release of Windows Vista ForceWare drivers and there is a number of end-users who still experience issues with their machines and the GeForce graphics cards. But Nvidia’s Keita Iada, who is responsible for content development at the company, said in an interview with IGN web-site that the new drivers are near.

“We’re ramping up the frequency of our Vista driver releases. Users will probably understand that we release a number of beta drivers on our site, so we're making incremental progress. We believe that, in a very short time we will have addressed the vast majority, if not all of the issues. We’ve had teams who were working on other projects who have mobilised to make sure that as quickly as possible we have the drivers fixed. I’m not going to give you an exact timeframe, but it’s going to be very soon,” said Mr. Iada.

The director of content management at Nvidia also explained the reasons why the ForceWare drivers appear to have issues with the new operating system by Microsoft. According to him, the first priority for the company was to enable content developers with ability to create titles for DirectX 10, which is strategically important for the company. As a consequence, the firm underestimated resources it needed to design drivers for end-users.

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