updated 08:48 am EDT, Fri March 14, 2014
Report claims leaked memo reveals new Microsoft policy over dual-booting devices
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 Transformer Book Duet, 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.
The Wall Street Journal claims to have received a leaked memo, which states the Transformer All-In-One 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.
Asus Transformer Book Duet
It is unclear how this will affect dual-booting mobile phones, 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 licensing fees may include language in its agreements preventing dual-booting from occurring.