NVIDIA jumps onboard Windows 7 bandwagon early

Popular hardware vendor NVIDIA who has been rightly criticized for their buggy Windows Vista graphics and chipset drivers is now one of the first third-parties to commit their support for the next version of Windows.

It comes at little surprise the job advertisement NVIDIA published last week is for a Senior Quality Assurance Lead on Windows 7, perhaps to ensure the same mistakes aren’t made again. It writes,


NVIDIA is looking for a senior QA engineer to lead the roll-out of Windows 7 within the GPU Software QA organization. This is an exciting opportunity to work with nVidia’s world class GPU and software offerings that are the heart of visual computing.

Once on-board, this technical leader will work with each of the GPU Software QA teams, Windows 7 driver development, product management, and our Seattle QA team to assure a smooth roll-out of this new operating system into QA. This leader will also drive improvements into the test planning process by working with NVIDIA’s industry leading development organization to assure that our testing is enhanced using a broader range of testing techniques. For example, the addition of white or gray box testing to the validation process to augment the unit and black box testing already being performed. This leader will also assure that coverage meets target levels and that testing leverage between operating systems, system hardware, and GPU hardware and software is utilized wherever possible.

Specific duties include reviewing of product specifications and requirements required to create comprehensive and effective Windows 7 test plans and subsequently driving cross-functional review of those plans.

The bandwagon has just started rolling.

20 insightful thoughts

  1. it also may have something to do with nvidia future lofty goals. but they are really pushing hard lately to ensure the age of the GPU (as they said) comes into the mainstream.

    I would like if they ended up buying Via. the thought of a Via Isaish with a Nvidia graphic card for sub notes would be just what that market needs. a little extra juice in the graphics.

  2. Windows 7 drivers are going to use the same framework too though… that will fix most of the issues as Windows Vista has already “taken the bullets”.

  3. Hmm hopefully they’ll support full video decoding for all formats (H.264, VC-1, MPEG-2)…till then I’m not buying their cards.

  4. Its interesting so many people complain about nVidia driver compatibility with Vista. I have been using an nVidia Geforce FX 5200 128 MB AGP with Vista since BETA 1 and have not encountered any issues many have mentioned. But I recently upgrade to a Geforce 6200 and when I attempt install the bundled drivers it does something to my screen requiring a driver roll back.

  5. At least they are getting ready early this time so they can be ready once it comes out on the shelves and new computers.

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