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Welcome to Microsoft Pri0: That's Microspeak for top priority, and that's the news and observations you'll find here from Seattle Times technology reporter Matt Day.

January 7, 2014 at 7:49 AM

More dual Android-Windows devices likely

[This post has been updated to include comments from analyst Wes Miller.]

Reports are coming in about Intel’s plans for a Dual OS that runs both Windows and Android on the same device.

Supposedly, with a push of a button, the PC can switch seamlessly from one operating system to the other.

Earlier, AMD had announced a partnership with BlueStacks to produce processors that can run Android within Windows, allowing users to launch Android apps right out of the Windows 8 Start screen, according to a report in The Verge.

Microsoft commented on the reports, sending over a statement saying: “Regardless of what you boot, we remain focused on ensuring that the best experience for device manufacturers, application developers and consumers on any device is Windows.”

PCs that run both operating systems already exist, including the Asus Transformer Book Duet that was unveiled at CES this week.

The question is: Is there an audience for this type of device?

The manufacturers are probably thinking that there are apps available on the Android platform that aren’t available on Windows.

But “this is definitely a power user feature,” said Wes Miller, an analyst at research firm Directions on Microsoft. “This is not a feature that most consumers would be comfortable using. If that’s their target audience, they’re off by a mile.”

And a lot depends on how seamless the actual experience is for the user.

“If I save a document on one side, can I get to it on the other side?” Miller said. “That’s the problem I’ve always had with a split personality device. … Can I drag a file from one side to the other? Can I save a file from one side to the other?”

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