Notes on a CES Kerfuffle: Intel & OEMs Pitch Dual-OS Devices
While we are planning deeper coverage of CES 2014 in next week’s Pund-IT Review, a minor tempest upset the Las Vegas teacup that seems worth addressing. Two weeks prior to the show, Computerworld reported on rumors that Intel and a number of its OEM partners would announce plans to support development of notebooks and tablets that would run both Microsoft Windows 8 and Google’s Android.
Then, the day before CES 2014 opened (and a few hours prior to new Intel CEO Brian Krzanich’s first CES keynote), Computerworld reported on a blog post by Wes Miller of Directions on Microsoft, an analyst firm that focuses exclusively on the Redmond company.
Miller took Intel and its partners to task first by claiming that, “There’s really no clear sign that the consumer benefits from this approach and, in fact, they really lose,” detailed the failures of past dual-OS solutions and then stated that, “Really, the OEMs and Intel have to be going into this strategy without any concern for consumers. It’s just about moving devices, and trying to ensure an ecosystem is there when they can’t (or don’t want to) bet on one platform exclusively.”
Additionally, Miller attributed Intel and its partners’ plans, at least in part, to Microsoft’s decision to develop a version of its signature OS (Windows RT) for devices using ARM-based processors and then to design and manufacture its own ARM-based Surface tablets.
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NOTE: This column was originally published in the Pund-IT Review.