Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 14th Mar 2014 11:16 UTC
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A large reason for the halt of sales, says the memo, is Microsoft has a "new policy" of not supporting dual-OS products. Patrick Moorhead, principal analyst at Moor Insights and Strategy, told us in January that "Microsoft does not want [dual-OS devices] to happen," and now tells The Wall Street Journal that "Google wants all-Android devices" as well.

While I doubt many consumers are waiting for dual-boot devices, I personally would love to have a tablet that boots both Android and Windows 8. It's a shame that's not going to happen.

I do wonder why the policy is proclaimed to be "new". Microsoft has always fought dual-booting products tooth and nail.

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Dual boot anything isn't sensible for OEMs
by rklrkl on Sun 16th Mar 2014 08:56 UTC
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It doesn't really make sense for OEMs to ship dual boot pre-installed because surely it doubles the effort required for development and support (even if both OS'es are third-party ones and even updated by those third parties)?

What might make sense is to ship a device in a state where the *user* can convert it to dual boot (e.g. like the way you can update the MBR, install GRUB and a second or more OS on a desktop/laptop - in other words, an unlocked bootloader that doesn't need a hack and can provide a menu of installed OS'es [moboot did this years ago with the HP TouchPad]), with the shipped first OS fully supported and the second/third/etc not supported at all?

Then you leave it to the community to sort out distros for your tablet/phone (CyanogenMod, Ubuntu Touch or whatever) and there you go...

Edited 2014-03-16 08:56 UTC

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Alfman Member since:


I wish I were allowed to upvote your post. As you indicate, most of us aren't really looking for support, merely a way to do it without hacking.

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