According to the report from WSJ, Asus has dropped its plans to sell its first Dual OS device Transformer Book Duet TD300 due the pressure from both Microsoft and Google.
Early this year, Asus announced the Transformer Book Duet TD300, first convertible device that runs both Android and Windows 8.1. You can switch between them with push of a single button. The patented ASUS technology powered Instant Switch offers many performance and productivity benefits over other dual-OS solutions, such as fast, smooth and seamless switching and the ability to resume each OS from where the user left off. As it does not use OS virtualization, Instant Switch also allows each OS to harness the full power of Intel’s latest processor technology.
Both the OS companies have ways to exert pressure to deter the propagation of dual-OS products such as Asus Transformer Book Duet. Asustek will also stop selling the dual-OS Asus Transformer AiO P1801 and P1802 all-in-one PCs launched last year. Even Samsung made announcement about similar device last year, but it never came to the market. Recently, Microsoft has updated their licensing policy in which they are not supporting dual OS products, according to an internal Asustek memo circulated to some employees and obtained by The Wall Street Journal.
If you have been waiting for a real Dual-OS device, its just not happening anytime soon!
Source: Wall Street Journal