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Intel keen to explore dual booting, but don't expect a wave of Android/Windows devices yet

Erik Reid, general manager of Intel's tablet business, says that Intel is exploring the possibilities of dual boot devices. Exploring is the key word, he insists that we won't be seeing a line-up of Windows/Android devices in the near future.
January 9, 2014
Dual OS Android and Windows

If you’re anything like me, you’re probably familiar with at least two operating systems. Windows may be necessary for the bulk of my work, but when it comes to mobile, Android is the only platform I need. Ideally though, I’d like to have everything in one place.

The idea was briefly mentioned during Intel’s CES presentation, and Erik Reid, general manager of Intel’s tablet business, has also been discussing the company’s vision for Windows 8.1 and Android. He would like us all to enjoy the best of both worlds, and believes that dual boot operating systems could be the way to go. Intel is also currently the only company with a line-up of processors built for both Windows and Android devices. Quite the unique selling point.

While dual booting isn’t a new idea, “switching” is an innovation that will make the experience much more consumer friendly. Asus demoed its own Transformer Book Duet at CES, which can switch between Android and Windows operating systems at the touch of a button, thanks to the Haswell processor’s dual compatibility. The whole process takes just a few seconds, rather than having to boot into a new OS via a system reboot.

Intel is keen to stress that it’s only “exploring” the concept at this stage, and that the majority of upcoming device will be either Windows or Android orientated, not both.

It’s going to be interesting to see how Microsoft reacts to this. Quick access to Android could undermine Microsoft’s attempt to unite Windows Phone with its core operating system, especially as the company is already struggling with its market share. Then again, Google might not be too happy about it either.

Is Windows and Android a match made in heaven, or can there be only one survivor?