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Google and Microsoft Both Want To Stop Dual-Boot Windows/Android Device 153

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An anonymous reader writes "The laptop has undergone many changes over the past decade. At various times, netbooks, ultrabooks, and Chromebooks have been en vogue. Over the past several months, we've seen signs of the next step in the laptop's evolution: Android/Windows dual-boot laptops. Several companies have built these machines already, including Asus and its upcoming Transformer Book Duet TD300. However, neither Google nor Microsoft seem to want such an unholy marriage of operating systems, and they've both pressured Asus to kill off the dual-boot product lines. Asus has now complied. 'Google has little incentive to approve dual-OS models, since that could help Microsoft move into mobile devices where Android is dominant. ... Microsoft has its own reasons for not wanting to share space on computers with Google, particularly on business-oriented desktop and laptop PCs that could give the Internet giant an entry point into a Microsoft stronghold. Computer makers that make dual-OS machines risk jeopardizing a flow of marketing funds from Microsoft that are an important economic force in the low-margin PC business.'"
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Google and Microsoft Both Want To Stop Dual-Boot Windows/Android Devices

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  • Eh..... (Score:4, Informative)

    by mfwitten (1906728) on Friday March 14, 2014 @03:59PM (#46486357)

    * Apple has Boot Camp because they have to allow Dual Booting in order to lure in the majority of computer users—Windows users. They sure as hell aren't helping Linux users out.

    * Apple introduced Boot Camp when they were still user-friendly—before they started constructing their walled guarden (located at 1984 Infinite Loop).

    * Of course Apple provides the Windows drivers for Apple's own machines; every vendor that supports Windows has always had to do so.

  • by tlhIngan (30335) <slashdotNO@SPAMworf.net> on Friday March 14, 2014 @04:02PM (#46486379)

    And in the meantime, Apple had Boot Camp since early versions of OS X and are also providing the Windows drivers for their own computers.

    Welcome to 2014. Apple are the good guys.

    And having installed Macs using Boot Camp, it's one of the slickest ways to install Windows. The tool basically creates a boot (DVD/USB/etc) with the drivers slipstreamed in and everything, so you install Windows and everything just works.

    Previous versions of Boot Camp did require you to install the drivers after Windows, but modern versions slipstream them in, so after installing, everything is loaded. No need to hunt through Windows Update and websites downloading and installing drivers.

    And no crapware, either. Only Apple can make installing Windows easy.

  • by Penguinisto (415985) on Friday March 14, 2014 @05:40PM (#46487463) Journal

    What kind of job do you do that requires a meatloaf peeler?

    Among others, Oracle ASM disk management.

    ...next question?

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