Google and Microsoft aren’t in favour of a glut of dual-OS computers flooding the shelves with the two companies already trying to stop one device from even making it to the market.
Wall Street Journal carries an internal memo from an Asus executive that mentions Microsoft’s “new policy” of not supporting dual-OS machines, which will mean it will have to stop selling such products.
That would mean that the Transformer AiO P1801 and AiO P1802 will both be taken off the shelves and may see that the portable four-in-one TD300, scheduled to be released this year, will be withdrawn indefinitely.
The Asus leak was backed up by the sentiments of Patrick Moorhead, an analyst from Moor Insights and Strategy, who told the WSJ, “Google wants all-Android devices.” Further to this, it could eventually start to ban certain device makers from having access to the Google Play Store to enforce its policy. Moorhead also told The Verge, “Microsoft does not want dual-OS devices to happen”
Dual-OS systems started to gain real traction at CES 2014 in Las Vegas in January when two of the world’s largest chip manufacturers, Intel and AMD, both announced they would be supporting dual-OS operation.
One of the first devices that was set to take advantage of Intel’s dual-OS support was the Asus Transformer Book Duet that runs Windows 8.1 and Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean as standard. It takes the form of a 13.3in full HD detachable slate tablet with a keyboard dock and comes with an Ultrabook-level Intel Core processor that can be upgraded to Core i7 level.
Intel has yet to come out and make comment on the reported animosity of the two OS providers and it remains to be seen whether the rumours are just that.