Report: Asus Drops Its Plan For Transformer Book Windows/Android Dual OS Convertible

Asus Transformer Book Duet

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

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  • JBJ

    This is too bad such a device would have been a very convenient one

  • efjay

    Good riddance.

  • Rod Iron

    Who the hell would want this?? Your either down with Windows or hemroid not both.

    • Phil_A_Shio

      “Either or” – that’s a very close minded mentality to be honest, this may be a surprise but it is possible to be a fan of more than one OS. Shocking I know, but it’s possible -_-

      • Rod Iron

        Yeah sure it’s possible but again WHY would you want two OS on one device?? Wouldn’t you get confused switching back and forth?

        • Phil_A_Shio

          Some people would definitely want that though. I dunno, I guess it depends how it’s implemented?