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NewsPoster Mar 14, 2014 09:49 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="http://macnn.com/rd/305988==http://www.electronista.com/articles/14/01/06/new.computer.features.4gb.ram.up.to.haswell.i7.pro 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="http://macnn.com/rd/305984==http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303546204579438351054533592" rel='nofollow'>claims</a> to have received a leaked memo, which states the <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/305985==http://www.electronista.com/articles/13/04/14/runs.android.when.used.as.tablet.windows.8.pc.in.d 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='http://photos.macnn.com/article_images/1394800953-md-118708_md_11941_asustab_lg.png' 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="http://macnn.com/rd/305986==http://www.electronista.com/articles/14/03/03/karbonn.mobiles.could.be.first.to.market.with.wind ows.phone.android.smartphone/" 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="http://macnn.com/rd/305987==http://www.electronista.com/articles/14/03/13/two.smartphone.manufacturers.in.india.said.to.have .fee.free.deal/" rel='nofollow'>licensing fees</a> may include language in its agreements preventing dual-booting from occurring.
 
iphonerulez Mar 14, 2014 10:31 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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