One of the highlights of CES in January was Intel’s unveiling of the Asus Transformer Book Duet TD300, a 2-in-1 unique for running both Android and Windows. Now it seems this device will never see the light of day.
The idea behind this dual OS device is to get the best of two worlds — a tablet that can run Android apps and a laptop that runs Windows software. The biggest proponents are Intel and AMD, who want to see their chips used in these devices.
An unconfirmed report from the Wall Street Journal now says Asus has “indefinitely postponed” the Duet TD300 because both Google and Microsoft are resistant to the idea.
Last year, Samsung unveiled the ATIV Q, its own dual-OS convertible laptop. This model has yet to be released, and it could have been dropped because of the same pressures from OS makers.
Death by Microsoft
Earlier unconfirmed reports had indicated that Microsoft was strongly opposed to 2-in-1s that can run both Windows and Android, as it could undermine interest in developing apps for the latest Start Menu/Metro interface.
When a tablet running Windows 8 or 8.1 boots up, it displays the new Start Menu (Metro) user interface, a series of tiles designed to be touch friendly. From here, users can launch apps that are also created to be used with a fingertip. However, those looking for a more traditional experience can open the Windows Desktop, which is best controlled with a keyboard and mouse.
It is apparently Microsoft’s fear that those with a dual-OS device would switch between Android and the Windows Desktop, with the new Start menu screen almost never getting used.
In addition, some users would likely find themselves using Android almost exclusively, and therefore deciding that their next computer would just run Google’s operating system.