Intel explains Windows 8.1, Android dual-OS tech

The technology giant shows how switching is done with Android, Windows 8.1 dual-OS devices.

Asus Transformer Book Duet TD300 tablet runs both Android and Windows 8.1.
Asus Transformer Book Duet TD300 tablet runs both Android and Windows 8.1. Brooke Crothers

LAS VEGAS -- At CES, Intel was keen to show off its new dual-OS switching technology that's been implemented in collaboration with Asus.

It takes about three and a half seconds to switch between operating systems, as Intel demonstrates in the video below.

The switch can be done with either a hardware or software key.

What Intel enables is the rapid switching, but the way the switching and file- and memory-sharing is implemented is a proprietary Asus technology. That will likely apply to other dual-OS devices from other vendors also.

The Asus Transformer Book Duet TD300 tablet is a 13.3-inch detachable that separates from the keyboard base to become a standalone tablet.

Asus will also be bringing out an 11-inch model capable of running Windows 8.1 and Android.

About the author

Brooke Crothers writes about mobile computer systems, including laptops, tablets, smartphones: how they define the computing experience and the hardware that makes them tick. He has served as an editor at large at CNET News and a contributing reporter to The New York Times' Bits and Technology sections. His interest in things small began when living in Tokyo in a very small apartment for a very long time.


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