Seppuku – self inflicted cutting
Wikipedia defines Seppuku as the following:
Seppuku (切腹?, “stomach-cutting”) is a form of Japanese ritual suicide by disembowelment. Seppuku was originally reserved only for samurai. Part of the samurai bushido honour code, seppuku was either used voluntarily by….
You get the picture..pretty gruesome stuff…
What does this have to with Microsoft, Windows 8.1? Oh and yes, you are on the right blog, you didn’t stumble onto something else on the web.
Seppuku seemed like the most appropriate analogy for what Microsoft would be doing if they allowed Intel to…
OK, I’ll start from the beginning.
Intel has a great idea
So at CES 2014, Intel decided to announce an old-new idea. They are working on creating processors that can be used in PC’s to power up Windows and Linux in a “Dual OS” type situation.
I thought that would mean a dual boot situation but it’s even better – it would be at the press of a button. You could simply switch between Windows and Linux at will on the same PC.
Some of you reading this might say “hey that sounds great!, more choice is a good thing” and I usually agree with that sentiment except in this case.
Microsoft would be absolutely CRAZY to allow this to happen and I’ll tell you why.
This has been done before
Yeah apparently Samsung did this in June of 2013 with their Ativ Q. That device dual booted Android 4.22 and Windows 8 in a 13.3 inch tablet running a display at 3200×1800. It offered a virtualized Androind experience that seemed to live within Windows.
You can see the video the Verge did here…
Windows and the existential crisis
It seems to me that Windows is more vulnerable now than ever before.
More and more people are starting to question the wisdom of paying $119 for a piece of software that allows you to basically do several simple functions.
Most consumers browse the web, check email and maybe run desktop apps and games.
While Windows is absolutely the most sophisticated Operating System on the face of the planet, I have said (often) that for the first time ever, because of the Windows 8.x releases, Windows is looking less and less relevant.
Paul Thurrott seems to agree in his post here (I’m immunizing myself proactively from flamers).
With more and more people using mobile devices running non-Windows software, why would Microsoft want to allow Intel to throw Android in the face of consumers? What could be the possible upside of that move?
Possible reasons Microsoft may let this happen
Mary Jo Foley’s readers over at ZDNet have some interesting theories regarding why Microsoft would tolerate a dual boot OS.
- To allow users to play games that aren’t available on the Windows platform yet with their friends on Android.
- To allow OEM’s the OPTION to dual provision the same hardware for either Android or Windows Phone (making it more convenient for the vendors basically).
I don’t know if I agree with those theories but I can tell you this.
Why pay for the milk if you get the cow for free?
If People are able to dual boot Android and Windows on the same device, under the current model, logically at some point it would be time for a PAID Windows upgrade. If Windows needed a paid upgrade and Android never ever did, it’s not hard to see which OS would eventually be ignored on the device.
As long as people could browse, check email and do the basics in Android, the need for a paid Windows upgrade would eventually go to zip, zilch nada.
It would be the slow death of Windows.
That’s my ramble but it’s time for you to tell me what you think. Should Microsoft allow Intel to support a Dual Boot OS?
Use the comments below and let me know….