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Microsoft and Google Hate Dual-OS Devices, Report Says

by Jacob Kleinman | March 14, 2014March 14, 2014 11:30 am PDT

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If you were hoping your next laptop, tablet or smartphone would run more than one operating system you may be out of luck. A new report from The Wall Street Journal claims both Microsoft and Google are doing their best to crush your dual-OS dreams. The news follows a similar report last week claiming Google had pressured Asus into shelving its planned Transformer Book Duet TD300 laptop.

Apparently Google wasn’t the only one responsible for blocking Asus from releasing its new Transformer Book, which the company actually unveiled at CES earlier this year. Microsoft reportedly also had a hand in blocking the device from hitting the market, and a leaked Asus memo obtained by the WSJ reveals a new Redmond policy against supporting any dual-OS devices. Meanwhile, one anonymous insider tells the paper that “Google wants all-Android devices.”

With Microsoft and Google standing strongly against any future dual-OS products it seems unlikely the budding trend has a chance of ever really catching on, at least in the form of devices capable of running both Android and Windows. A number of companies are hoping to introduce rival mobile operating systems by attaching them to new Android handsets, including an upcoming Firefox device from Geeksphone and a dual-booting version of Ubuntu Touch OS. Maybe the dream of dual-OS isn’t so dead after all.

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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...