Microsoft doesn't want Android and Windows dual-OS devices to happen either

Microsoft doesn't want Android and Windows dual-OS devices to happen either

Since the beginning of the year,various manufacturers have been pitching dual-OS devices that bootAndroid and Windows 8 (desktop and Windows Phone). Yesterday, Huaweiannounced that it will introduce a dual-OS handset soon. Beforethat, ASUS was to ship its Transformer Duet TD300 dual-bootingtablet, but it was stalled in its tracks by Google. This revealed a serious obstacle for the dual-OS concept - industry pressure.



So far, our assessment of the situationwas that dual-OS devices represent a chance for Microsoft topiggyback on Android's popularity to increase Windows' market share,which is something Google would understandably object to. But thereality might be different. According to analyst Patrick Moore, whileGoogle "wants all-Android devices", Microsoft too wouldrather have all-Windows devices, because dual-OS will let Androidenter the Windows-dominated PC market. Google is already trying tocompete in this space with its Chromebook laptops, and dual-bootingdevices could give them another, even more comfortable entry pointinto a territory that Microsoft wants for itself.



Allegedly, an internal ASUS memo aboutits 2013 AIO PC dual-OS desktop computers revealed that Microsoft has anew policy of not supporting dual-booting products, which is why theTaiwanese company will stop selling them. As a whole, the fate of future dual-booting devicesis unclear at this point. Although Chinese and Taiwanese vendors arequite interested in the concept, and Intel has done a lot of technological work tobring it to fruition, it seems that Google and Microsoft have thelast word on it, for now.



source: WSJ

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30 Comments

1. wando77

Posts: 1168; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

I want the samsung ativ q :-(

13. sgodsell

Posts: 7456; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Its funny that Microsoft and the Windows Phone fanboys say all the time Google don't be evil. But yet Microsoft wants to use Android to help promote WP sales and revenue. Microsoft and Nokia even came out with not one, but 3 forked versions of Android without any Google services and apps. They even recently licensed WP to be able to dual boot with Android on phones. But Microsoft won't allow it on notebooks or tablets. Remind me again who has the closed restricted OS here.

19. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

No, Microsoft is not pleased that there are Nokia Android phones now, and they do not want dual OS devices, as evident in this article. But, it is only thanks to Android that we are even discussing dual boot devices. Nice thing about Android is anyone can create their own forked version of the OS...

22. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Of course MS doesn't want it... But only on desktops because that's how Mac laptops became more popular. People got a dual boot safety net on that and then they skyrocketed in sales (proportionally). Now the same thing is happening with Android and they will once again lose out because no one wants Windows 95 with a new skin and clunky metro on desktop. The last thing MS wants is actual competition in their monopoly. The smartphone arena though, they're totally fine with dual boot or even Windows flavored Android there. That is where Google has a problem with that and rightfully so.

27. sgodsell

Posts: 7456; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Then explain why Microsoft signed agreements with lava, huawei, and karbonn to allow dual booting with Android. Did any of those manufacturers hold a gun to Microsoft's head and say sign this so we can dual boot with Android on the phone. Of course not. Microsoft is doing very poorly in sales and revenue compared to Android. Sales for 2014 are expected to bring a billion more Android phone users and 45 million WP users. WP will be less then 1/20 of Android. Microsoft will do anything to generate more sales for WP.

28. Jobayer

Posts: 167; Member since: Feb 22, 2013

Because, that would help ms to break in to the mobile market . I think it's right for google to stop dual booting because . Including WP os will increase price of the phone and not to mention , even thought Ms is give it's WP os for free to some companies once it has market control they will charge high price .

29. Jobayer

Posts: 167; Member since: Feb 22, 2013

That's just my opinion , depending on my understanding of economics

2. Arthurhkt

Posts: 726; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

Why both of them acting like a kid? Come on what the wrong that we get the best of both world? We are paying for it so what the problem then?

3. nlbates66

Posts: 328; Member since: Aug 15, 2012

no, it's not the best of both worlds, its a retarded idea, simple as that.

9. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 913; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

Why is it a retarded idea nibates?

15. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Imagine two oses that can't share apps, can't share data. And I thought MS themselves wanted it to piggy back on android. Who cares what an analyst thinks.

18. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 913; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

But at the same time it also gives you more options. To use one or the other however you please, To take advantage of the best of both with the click of a button. Plus if it has an sd card or shared folder you can still access the same data such as photos or movies. MS fans will be able to get any android app they want and android fans can benefit from xbox functionality for example. It's a win win. The only downfall I see is how much memory it would take up on your phone. However, stock android and MS will probably take up as much room on a phone as Samsung's Google/Touchwiz so won't be that much of a problem.

21. buccob

Posts: 2975; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

My important apps, and most of Google Services actually share data and keeps it in the cloud... and you can access them from within your Windows browser or even from some Windows Apps... This idea is actually a very good idea for Some people... I understand that this is NOT for everybody... but nevertheless a good idea. Its Kinda like saying that Mac owners with bootcamp is a bad idea... get it?

14. dickwyn

Posts: 621; Member since: May 07, 2012

which also means they don't want the Nokia X¬

4. alrightihatepickingusernames

Posts: 474; Member since: Dec 29, 2013

The consumer does want a dual boot tablet. And Microsoft shouldn't be too paranoid about losing their small market share, a dual boot Android/Windows tablet is the only way I'm trying a Windows tablet right now.

8. papss unregistered

If talking full windows 8 then it will murder any android in productivity.. Not sure why you would want a light os versus the real deal.

12. sgodsell

Posts: 7456; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

But yet Microsoft want WP and Android.

23. papss unregistered

As per below no.. google wants market share from M$ in the big boy os world and M$ wants market share in the lite OS area that google has.

26. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Just curious....if WP was dominating in market share....would it be called the big boy OS vs the lite OS... Desktop is desktop and mobile is mobile. MS learned the hard way about trying to replicate the desktop environment on phones....Win Mo was good at the time...but looking back now....it was a mess.

30. Jobayer

Posts: 167; Member since: Feb 22, 2013

In the big boys world it's all about linux , unix and Freebsd :3

5. Lt.Green

Posts: 397; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Android all the way!

7. fouadqr

Posts: 326; Member since: Nov 21, 2012

Android is nothing WINDOWS 8 all the way

16. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

And yet, nobody cares. In fact, they PREFER it not be all the way with all of win8's crappy baggage.

6. karkavelas

Posts: 70; Member since: Oct 25, 2013

They fighting like small kids..

10. bossmt_2

Posts: 459; Member since: Oct 13, 2009

The only scenario dual boot makes sense is in like the ASUS transformer Trio. Where you have a low functioning tablet and high functioning base. I think Google and MS are fighting this now though before it spreads to phones.

11. tasior

Posts: 265; Member since: Nov 04, 2012

Stop fighting progress. Embrace it.

17. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

I'm pretty sure the average consumer doesn't want dual-booting devices

20. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3157; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Dual boot devices aren't going to set the world on fire. Since the dawn of Intel-based Macs, you can run Windows natively with Bootcamp on a Mac. Did that spark a revolution? No. When a group of people ported CM9 to the HP TouchPad, you had a dual-boot option with webOS. Nice proof-of-concept but that's it. It's not like you can run the two OSes simultaneously anyway. They are partitioned and are not aware of the other's existence.

25. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

This is true. I dont think market share of Macs or OS X grew after that. I might be the only one in my family that does dual boot. Maybe me n my computer programmer cousins.

24. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Ok...makes sense both ways. Fine.....let them each make a dent in the respective markets on their own.

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