Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 3rd Jan 2014 19:44 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems

The PC industry isn't doing so well. Sales have dramatically slumped, despite the industry's efforts to tempt consumers with Windows 8 tablets and transforming touchscreen laptops. But next week, the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas may be the launching pad for a new push - a new brand of computer that runs both Windows and Android.

Sources close to the matter tell The Verge that Intel is behind the idea, and that the chipmaker is working with PC manufacturers on a number of new devices that could be announced at the show. Internally known as "Dual OS," Intel's idea is that Android would run inside of Windows using virtualization techniques, so you could have Android and Windows apps side by side without rebooting your machine.

I'm going to make a very daring prediction, that is sure to send ripples across the entire industry: this is not going to turn the tide for the PC.

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It is not going to turn the tide for the PC, but I hope it turn the tide for Windows.... to worst ;)

I also remember when MS tried to boycot any OEM that wanted to make models with one OS and other with Windows. In that case MS will not give the manufacturer the standard OEM discount and charge more for Windows.

I always thought that HP strategy to ship dual boot WebOS on Windows was good, but instead it worsted HP relationship with Microsoft.

But I remember it was a little try to do this, "HP QuickBoot OS" was a little linux (Splashtop?) but it never gain traction.

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reduz Member since:

Yes, this is truly terrible for Microsoft.

CES is the most important consumer electronics show and media all over the world replicates the announcements.

This is a clear message that the Windows-centric computing age is nearing the end.

I'm still surprised that Android hasn't added a desktop mode yet. The Asus Transformer Prime actually worked pretty decent as a desktop, but it's clear the OS wasn't ready.

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ddc_ Member since:

This is a clear message that the Windows-centric computing age is nearing the end.

Actually this message is not about the fate of Windows-centric computing (which took a hit for home market already), but more about Intel's [lack of] imagination. The only purpose the whole thing serves is to show that Intel's hardware is capable of running Android via virtualization more efficiently then commodity tablets do natively.

Actually, the trend with PC market is more of a problem for Intel then for any software vendor: Microsoft earns most of its money with Office and [IMO overpriced] server products, and it only needs to hold enough of PC market to keep the main products dominant (eg. ".docx" as the default text format or .Net as a viable development platform). Loosing home market will make Microsoft less comfortable, but won't do much beyond that. (Or may be even cut Microsoft's expences on desktop OS R&D).

In the meantime Intel gets its money from x86 hardware. The server part of Intel's business is only growing, but the mass consumer market - the one Intel had in its pocket recently - is about to vanish (according to some, at least). While Intel also seems to make more money outside mass consumer market, the proportion isn't as favorable for Intel as it is for Microsoft.

P.S.: bear in mind, that when you buy an Android device, you also pay for a Windows Phone license, albeit not getting one. It's less money per item, but lower risks and expences and larger market compensate for that. I'm not particularly sure whether Microsoft indeed is loosing anything in terms of financial result. And piracy is also of no concern on mobile side of things. It may even be that Microsoft is OK with loosing desktop market to mobile as long as its office monopoly remains unchallenged.

P.P.S.: Ironically, if desktop Linux was growing with the pace of Android back in the days of Symbian dominance, it would hurt Microsoft much more.

P.P.P.S.: And the next version of Windows Phone will turn things around for Microsoft's share of mobile market - Nelson can't be wrong... :-P

Edited 2014-01-04 18:08 UTC

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