Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang believes Windows Phone 7 apps will run on Windows 8.
Huang made the claims in an interview with CNET News.com on Tuesday. The Nvidia boss explained that his company is one of the only serious providers of chips to consumer electronics manufacturers. “We’re the only person actively on the dance floor with Qualcomm,” he said. Huang also discussed the importance of mobile. “If you don’t have a mobile strategy, you’re in deep turd,” Huang said. “If you’re not in mobile processors now, you’re seven years too late.”
CNET does not quote him directly but reveals that he believes Windows Phone 7 apps will run on Windows 8 as part of Microsoft’s mobile strategy. The brief revelation is the first admission by a senior figure with key insight into Microsoft’s Windows 8 plans. Microsoft is currently unifying the Windows 8, Xbox and Windows Phone user interface into a standard view that includes bright and colourful live tiles. Microsoft is believed to be working on a common development platform that will unite applications across the TV, desktop and phone.
Silverlight could be at the heart of Microsoft’s plans to unite all three screens across a cloud. Silverlight is the application development platform for Windows Phone 7. Developers use it to access the hardware aspects of Windows Phone devices and native phone functionality. Silverlight can also use the XNA framework and access Xbox LIVE. Microsoft previously revealed in November that it was planning to bring Silverlight to the Xbox as part of the next wave. The company has been suspiciously quiet about its Silverlight Xbox plans ever since.