In the glorious world of Windows, Android is the bit of an irksome problem. Not only has Google managed to grab a commanding market share on mobile devices, the open source platform is also making inroads on traditional PCs.
Sure, it is not that hard to run Android on Windows, what with the available emulators, and even companies like AMD are trying their hands on virtualization of the free OS.
But hybrid devices are also gaining a bit of a momentum — devices that run can two different operating systems like Windows and Android either parallel or via dual boot. Hardware makers are trying to provide users with the best of both world.
However, it appears that this is not something that Microsoft is overly okay with.
Redmond might actually be trying to stop Windows/Android hybrid devices from hitting the store shelves, as it does not want its flagship operating system sharing space with one from a direct rival.
As this story over at CNET claims, ASUS was preparing the Transformer Book Duet TD300, but the company had to stop development of the hybrid device for undisclosed reasons.
The machine was being readied to bring the best of both what Windows and Android had to offer, and was designed to run both Windows 8.1 Pro and Android 4.2.2. Hardware? An Intel Core i7 processor with 4GB of RAM and 128GB SSD storage on a 13.3-inch full HD display.
There have been voices that suggest Microsoft is considering adding in support for Android apps by default in future versions of Windows that would allow them to be run just like existing Metro apps.
Maybe that is one reason why the company does not want to see such hybrid devices.
Either that, or the software titan has some other solid reasoning behind such a move. We may (or may not) find out in the near future what the real deal is.