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No Hybrid Graphics for Seven

Says they are unstable
By: Sean Kalinich | Video Cards News | Posted: Nov 7, 2008 3:41 pm

In a surprising move Microsoft has gone on record saying they will not have native support for Hybrid graphics in Windows Seven due to instability and poor user experience.


Hybrid graphics has been a big item from both nVidia and ATi as they find new ways to bring better performance and power savings to the mobile platform.


While this will not prevent Hybrid Grpahics from working with Seven the lack of native support for this seems to give Intel an unofficial nod for their integrated graphics engine over AMD and nVidia.


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No Hybrid Graphics for Seven


In Microsoft's Guidelines for Graphics in Windows 7 document, which was released yesterday, Microsoft outlined its feelings about hybrid graphics, stating that 'Windows 7 does not offer native support for hybrid graphics systems.' Not only that, but Microsoft added the reason for the decision saying that hybrid graphics systems 'can be unstable and provide a poor user experience,' and that it would 'strongly discourage system manufacturers from shipping such systems.' Microsoft also added that 'such systems require a reboot to switch between GPUs.'


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