NVIDIA announced attendees of the WinHEC conference will receive a pre-beta version of Windows 7 along with a driver from NVIDIA designed specifically for this next-generation operating system. NVIDIA says their graphics "supercharge" Windows 7 and that they've been working closely with Microsoft to ensure Windows 7 beta users get an unsurpassed graphics experience on NVIDIA-based video cards.
Attendees of the annual Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC), held in Los Angeles this week, will have the opportunity to experience the visual enhancements coming in Windows 7 in part due to the close collaboration between Microsoft and NVIDIA. As a leader in visual computing, NVIDIA has been working closely with Microsoft on technology elements that will help to enrich users' experience with Windows 7, specifically in areas such as photos, video, gaming and 3D graphics.
"We expect Windows 7, coupled with NVIDIA's graphics technologies, to deliver the fundamental performance our mutual customers have come to expect," said Mike Nash, Corporate Vice President of Windows Product Management at Microsoft Corp. "NVIDIA's graphics technologies enable applications to take advantage of the visual capabilities in Windows 7 such as manipulating photos, video, and 3D graphics. With the expertise NVIDIA has in visual computing, they have been a key contributor to the development of Windows 7."
WinHEC attendees will receive a pre-beta version of Windows 7 along with a driver from NVIDIA Corporation validated by Microsoft and designed specifically for the next-generation operating system from Microsoft. NVIDIA(R) drivers will be released to end users through Microsoft's Windows Update service. Those drivers will include a high level of support for all current Windows Vista features as well as the newer features being introduced in Windows 7 such as WDDM 1.1, Direct3D 11, GDI acceleration, Direct2D, DirectWrite, DXVA HD and others.
"The importance of the GPU increases as visual computing applications become more popular, so it is essential that we deliver a quality experience," said Dwight Diercks, vice president of software engineering at NVIDIA. "NVIDIA has been working closely with Microsoft to ensure that pre-beta users of Windows 7 get full support and an unsurpassed graphics experience on NVIDIA-based graphics cards."