At CES earlier this year Intel officially took the wraps off its Dual-OS platform, promoting the idea of Android and Windows running side-by-side in convertible laptops and tablet PCs. At the time, Asus even showed off its plans for a 4-in-1 hybrid device that could act as a Windows laptop, Windows tablet, Android laptop or an Android tablet.
As it turns out, neither Microsoft or Google is too keen on the idea, and Microsoft has reportedly adopted a new policy of not supporting dual-OS devices. A new report from the Wall Street Journal says Google is also interested in an “all-Android approach”. Of course, companies don’t necessarily need to have Google’s support to use Android, but they do need Google Play certification if they really want to make the most out of the experience.
So what does all of this mean for Asus? The WSJ claims that Asus has now canceled the Transformer Book Duet altogether. Asus is also said to be getting ready to shelf its two existing AIO PCs that run dual-OS technology. It’s unclear whether or not Intel will follow suit and scrapping the Dual-OS idea, or if the company will attempt to reach an agreement with Microsoft and Google to keep the concept alive.
What do you think, are you bummed to see the Dual-OS concept shot down so early? Or do you feel that the Dual-OS concept would have caused more confusion and issues than it was worth?