Dual-OS Asus devices put on indefinite hold, says report
Asus was expected to launch the Transformer Book Duet, which runs both Windows 8.1 and Android, this year. Now, it looks like that may not happen.
The excitement surrounding a laptop-tablet hybrid from Asus that runs both Android and Windows 8.1 might have all been for nothing.
Asus has decided to shelve its dual-operating system
CNET had earlier reported on sparring between Asus and its operating system partners that suggested a dual Android-Windows device could end up as just a pipe dream.
Asus unveiled the Transformer Book Duet earlier this year at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The device was slated to hit store shelves in the first half of the year.
According to the Journal's sources, "Google wants all-Android devices." Microsoft, meanwhile, made clear to Asus that it will only accept Windows devices that aren't running other operating systems. Asus already sells dual-OS devices, the
It's widely believed that dual-OS devices are a potential boon for consumers and enterprise customers. However, it appears now that the politics between Google and Microsoft might be getting in the way and causing some issues.
CNET has contacted Asus for comment on the latest reports. We will update this story when we have more information.