I guess Asus' Transformer Book Duet really might be dead in the water. Last month, a Chinese site suggested that Google wasn't keen on the system's ability to dual-boot Android and Windows. Now, the Wall Street Journal has picked up the story, and it says both Google and Microsoft have pressured Asus into shelving the machine.
Officially, neither Google nor Microsoft have confirmed the move. The former declined to comment, while the latter said only that it "will continue to invest with OEMs . . . to promote best-in-class OEM and Microsoft experiences to our joint customers." The Journal was tipped off by "people familiar with the matter," however, and its sources in the tech department are rarely off the mark. The Journal also mentions a leaked Asus memo that says Microsoft now prohibits dual-OS systems as a matter of policy.
According to the Journal's info, Asus has "indefinitely postponed plans" to release the Transformer Book Duet. The machine was supposed to combine Asus' classic convertible tablet formula with a "patented Asus technology" that would let users switch between Windows 8.1 and Android 4.2.2 in about four seconds. Asus claimed the switching scheme didn't use virtualization and had no overhead to speak of. The system featured Intel Haswell hardware and a choice a choice of 1366x768 and 1920x1080 display resolutions.
The Journal says Asus will also discontinue its Transformer AiO P1801 and P1802, two 18-inch desktop all-in-ones. Those PCs feature Intel processors and run Windows 8, but they also have detachable screens that run Android on top of Tegra 3 processors. (Thanks to The Verge for the link.)