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NewsPoster Mar 14, 2014 08:49 AM
Microsoft, Google pressure Asus into dropping dual-booting notebook
Asus is receiving pressure from both Microsoft and Google to drop plans to sell a dual-booting notebook, according to reports. The manufacturer has apparently postponed its plans to ship the <a href=" cessor/" rel='nofollow'>Transformer Book Duet</a>, a combined notebook and tablet that could switch between Android and Windows, and is also looking to stop the sale of other dual-boot devices as well. <br />
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The <em>Wall Street Journal</em> <a href="" rel='nofollow'>claims</a> to have received a leaked memo, which states the <a href=" ock/" rel='nofollow'>Transformer All-In-One</a> desktop PCs it launched last year will be pulled from sale. The memo states that Microsoft has a "new policy" of not providing support for devices that can boot with multiple operating systems, with principal analyst for Moor Insights and Strategy Patrick Moorhead advising that "Google wants all-Android devices," echoing Microsoft's intentions. <br />
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<div align='center'><img class='mobile-img' src='' width='486' height='501' alt='Asus Transformer Book Duet' border='0' pagespeed_url_hash="4077430636"/><br/><span class='minor2'>Asus Transformer Book Duet</span></div><br />
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It is unclear how this will affect <a href="" rel='nofollow'>dual-booting mobile phones</a>, with some manufacturers preparing to offer such devices in the coming months, though rumors of Microsoft's attempt to expand the reach of Windows Phone by dropping its <a href="" rel='nofollow'>licensing fees</a> may include language in its agreements preventing dual-booting from occurring.
iphonerulez Mar 14, 2014 09:31 AM
I wonder why that's a problem. My iMac dual-boots both OSX and Windows (with BootCamp). Microsoft and Google should just make a deal. I figure it would benefit both companies. The tech nerds are always asking for dual-boot devices because they figure they can get twice as much bang for the buck. If Asus has to pull those dual-booting notebooks they're going to probably take quite a loss. Their whole dual-booting strategy will go down the drain.
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