WSJ: Microsoft and Google Are Crushing the Dual-OS Dream

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A report by the Wall Street Journal claims that Intel's grand plans to stuff Android and Windows into the same tablet have hit a brick wall: neither Google nor Microsoft want hardware to sport the competitor's OS alongside their own.


The Journal reports that the Asus Transformer Book Duet—a hybrid laptop-cum-tablet capable of switching between Windows and Android on the hoof—has been cancelled because of strong opposition from both Microsoft and Google. It was known as early as January that Microsoft was uncomfortable with the idea of hardware running both Windows and Android, but sources now tell the Journal that "Google wants all-Android devices" too.

A leaked memo from Asus, seen by the newspaper, explains that the Duet is being scrapped and two dual-OS all-in-one PCs that it launched last year being pulled from sale. The memo goes on to explain that a major reason for halting the sales is a "new policy" at Microsoft of not supporting dual-OS products.

Given the current craze for all things dual-booting, the news will probably comes as a major blow to some hardware manufacturers who were pinning their colors to this particular mast. For the rest of us, it's arguably not quite as a big a deal—it's unclear, after all, just how much benefit there is in a dual-booting tablet anyway.


It will, however, be interesting to see how the year of populist dual boots now plays out—given the two big OS developers are standing squarely against it. [WSJ]



I can understand why Microsoft would be against this - they still own the PC market and they want their PC users to stay in the Microsoft ecosystem. But why would Google be against this? They should want Android on as many devices as possible. If you go buy a windows laptop, and you can switch to Android whenever you want on it, Google should love that.