Wednesday, January 08, 2014

CES 2014: Intel confirms its CPUs will power dual OS Android, Windows devices

As The Next Web reported on Tuesday, during Intel CEO Brian Krzanich's Monday night CES keynote, he confirmed something that was rumored last week: that Intel processors would be powering dual OS devices, those that run both Windows 8.1 and Android (via The Next Web).

However, what Intel reportedly did not do was confirm any devices that would use virtualization to be able to run Windows and Android apps side-by-side. That was rumored last week, but instead Krzanich said Intel will be providing processors for tablets / laptops that will switch between Windows and Android at the press of a button.

Intel was beaten to the punch slightly, as Asus introduced the Transformer Book Duet TD300. The TD300 starts at $599 and runs Android 4.2.2 and Windows 8.1. The TD300's price can rise considerably, though, with upgrades such as a Full HD screen (vs. the entry-level model's 1366 x 768 resolution) and up to 1TB of hard drive storage in the associated keyboard dock.

It's unclear what Microsoft thinks of these moves. As we discussed previously, the Redmond, Wash.-based company wants to sell Windows as all things for all people, meaning it wants developers to program an app that runs on Windows (Modern UI, naturally), Windows RT, and Windows Phone. This new initiative definitely has to gnaw at Microsoft.

However, Intel and Microsoft have always been BFFs, so time will tell if Microsoft wants to (try to) put the kibosh on this or not.

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