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.

Asus' Transformer Book Duet runs both Windows and Android.
Asus' Transformer Book Duet runs both Windows and Android. Xiomara Blanco/CNET

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 Transformer Book Duet TD300 after both Google and Microsoft have thrown cold water on the idea of the company offering a laptop-tablet hybrid that can run both Android and Windows, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday, citing people familiar with the talks.

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 Transformer AiO P1801 and P1802, and might stop selling those because of Microsoft's decision not to support dual-OS products, the Journal claims.

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.

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