Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 14th Mar 2014 11:16 UTC
In the News

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.

Thread beginning with comment 584589
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
Dual boot anything isn't sensible for OEMs
by rklrkl on Sun 16th Mar 2014 08:56 UTC
rklrkl
Member since:
2005-07-06

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

Reply Score: 4

Alfman Member since:
2011-01-28

rklrkl,

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.

Reply Parent Score: 2