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MS deems hybrid graphics unstable for Windows 7

updated 04:15 pm EST, Thu November 6, 2008

No hybrid graphics in Win7

A Thursday report warns Microsoft's upcoming Windows 7 operating system will not support hybrid dual-graphics systems currently on the market from NVIDIA and AMD. The news came after a review of Microsoft's Guidelines for Graphics in Windows 7 document released on Wednesday, which read Windows 7 will not offer native support for the systems, listing unstable and poor user experience as reasons for the exclusion. The software make added it would 'strongly discourage system manufacturers from shipping such systems' and noted these systems would require a reboot to switch between GPUs.

AMD's Hybrid CrossFireX is meant to complement integrated graphics chips to increase video processing performance, while NVIDIA's Hybrid SLI saves power as it switches from a dedicated graphics processor to an integrated one to save power. A dual-GPU Hybrid SLI graphics processor that will increase video performance using non-identical chips is currently under development.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Oh God

    Micro$oft thinks it can tell the manufacturers what features NOT to include, just because Micro$ost itself doesn't have the competency to deal with them.

  1. winterspan

    Joined: Dec 1969



    "listing unstable and poor user experience as reasons for the exclusion."

    Um.. wouldn't that be primarily a Microsoft responsibility?? This feature is an absolute must for high performance laptops, why on earth wouldn't they support it!

    I guess Snow Leopard will just be that much better!

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969


    M$ said it backwards..

    I think the statement should read:

    "MS Windows 7 Unstable for hybrid graphics", not the other way around.

    I am SO glad I don't use Windows anymore. Windows 7 will be a failure as well, and will be stripped of the features M$ said it would have.

    And they will end up resorting to setting up kiosks in front of Apple stores again..

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