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Nvidia has announced its Windows 8 Developer Program, which will provide developers with tools and resources for building applications for ARM and x86-based devices that will operate on Microsoft's forthcoming operating system, Windows 8.

The company has revealed that all four Nvidia processor brands will support Windows 8, including its next-generation, quad-core Tegra processor, code-named Project Kal-El (see it in action in video posted below). This ARM-based system-on-a-chip (SoC) will power lightweight, energy-efficient tablets as well as notebook PCs.

Nvidia will also support Windows 8 on x86 systems with its GeForce GPUs, Quadro GPUs that are a leading graphics solution for film-makers and other professional workstation users, and Tesla GPUs, which is employed by the scientific community for research, data centers and high performance computing operations.

"With its elegant user interface and support for tablets and notebooks using ARM-based processors, Windows 8 will bring a seismic shift to the industry," said Jeff Fisher, senior vice president of the PC Business Unit at Nvidia.

"Our expertise in both ARM and x86 environments, and our intimate familiarity with the Windows code base, makes us uniquely qualified to support Windows 8 developers."

The company’s Windows 8 Developer Program will deliver support and resources for software designed to run on ARM and x86-based solutions, along with access to the latest news, training and education for developers.

"We're incredibly excited about the innovation that Nvidia is bringing to Windows 8 PCs with their ARM processors, and how this will help reshape the PC industry in ways we're only starting to see," said Mike Angiulo, corporate vice president of Windows planning, hardware and PC ecosystem at Microsoft.

"Developers are at the forefront of this transition. Microsoft values Nvidia's leadership in providing tools to the community."

Developers can register for the Nvidia Windows 8 Developer Program by visiting the company’s developer website.

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