It looks like Huawei's dual-OS smartphone is going the way of the Asus Transformer Book Duet. The concept of a device that can run both Android and Windows holds a lot of appeal. But as long as Google, Microsoft and Apple have competing ecosystems, it is unlikely to see the light of day.
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Fry's is offering a Microsoft Surface RT tablet with keyboard cover for $229, while Newegg has an Asus gaming desktop for $899.99 that includes a free copy of Assassin's Creed 4.
Asus is playing a Windows 8.1 high margin game with an Android commodity device strategy for volume on the other side. If Microsoft can't kick-start PC growth, Asus has a strategy that won't deliver decent profits.
PC manufacturers are planning to introduce "transforming" Ultrabooks with multi-touch screens in order to exploit the capabilities of Microsoft Windows 8, according to Taiwan's Digitimes. Asus already sells a Transformer that runs the Android operating system, but Digitimes' sources "noted that most of the transforming designs are rotatable screen models".
Some of Taiwan's PC manufacturers have complained to the island's Ministry of Economic Affairs because they have not been invited to participate in the early development of the next version of Windows, known as Windows Next or (but not by Microsoft) Windows 8 for tablets. Two of the world's largest PC manufacturers by units -- Acer and Asus -- are based in Taiwan, along with other suppliers such as MSI and HCT, and most of the large contract manufacturers.
Asus held a pre-CES press conference at the Aria convention centre in Las Vegas today (Tuesday) to unveil four tablet computers, as well as TUF (The Ultimate Force) motherboards "designed to withstand rugged environments" -- they come with a 5-year warranty. Actually, we should probably say that Asus unveiled three new tablets (running Android) and one new slate (running Microsoft Windows).
Microsoft is turning to royalty fees in an attempt to prevent Taiwanese OEMs Acer and Asustek Computer from using Android and Chrome OS on netbooks.
Release details for the upcoming ASUS tablet range have been disclosed by the chief executive of the company following a recent investors' conference call in Taipei.Speaking to assembled reporters following a quarterly financial meeting in Taipei on Friday, the company's head, Jerry Shen, confirmed that Asus is planning to release several tablet devices in the coming months on both the Microsoft and Google platforms, according to PC World reports.
Microsoft is working with Asustek to build its own phone, according to a new report.
Nvidia's Ion platform may be off to a slow start, but that could change once Windows 7 arrives in late October. To date Ion has been used only in nettops--including two new ones from Asus and Lenovo--but the first netbooks should finally arrive around the time Microsoft releases its new operating system.
Since my recent purchase of an ASUS N10J netbook, it has been pointed out to me several times that I have unknowingly or unwillingly supported their decision to drop Linux from their product offerings. That certainly was not my intention, and the more I thought about the fact that I had paid Microsoft for a Windows license that I do not want or need, and which I will never use for anything other than a joke, the more irritated I got over the situation.
I've spent the last day and half immersed in Intel's Classmate PC Eco System Summit, talking to Intel developers, folks from Microsoft and Canonical, local OEMs handling Classmate sales and distribution, and hardware and software vendors developing for the Classmate platform. Scanning Google News tonight, however, I came across a headline claiming "Disney, Asus bring Netpal Netbooks to kids.
Asus and Microsoft have launched a website that promotes the use of Windows, arguing that the operating system provides users with a familiar environment and no compatibility issues.The site, 'It's Better With Windows', presents a video of a family using several of Asus's 7-inch screened Eee PCs, and depicts the family members using word processing, instant messaging and other applications.
Microsoft, Fujitsu and Asus have settled with Australian research body Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) over its US wireless patents.
Steven Tien, director of market development at Asus, talks about the success of the Eee PC and the implications for the new model when Microsoft discontinues Windows XP in the summer
New Linux and Windows versions of the Eee 900 PC will sport significant enhancements in many areas, but will be more expensive than earlier versions
As part of Microsoft's latest Windows Vista promotion, Microsoft is offering a variety of prizes to its MSDN and TechNet Vista testers, including a two-for deal on Vista Ultimate; $250 Amazon.com gift certificates (in exchange for completing an online Vista deployment-plan survey; and a chance to win one of ten ASUS W5fe PCs that have been signed by Chairman Bill Gates.
Windows XP may come to the One Laptop Per Child project as Microsoft ports its operating system to flash-based devices such as Intel's Classmate PC, ASUS Eee PC and the XO laptop. But Microsoft's big motive is to stay relevant in emerging markets where officials are increasingly mulling over Linux-based devices.
Sony's ultra-mobile VAIO is a marvel of engineering, squeezing a fully fledged notebook's functionality into a (chunky) handheld form factor. But there are many ergonomic compromises within this device, which is also very expensive.
It seems to me that it is disingenuous of Nicholas Negroponte to object to Intel and ASUS and Microsoft offering competitive alternatives to OLPC. If the effort is to the benefit of the world's children, then isn't that all that matters?
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