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Forget dual-booting Android PCs, give us Chromebook-Windows hybrids

Brad Chacos | March 17, 2014
Hybrids are all the rage these days. No, I'm not talking about laptops that transmogrify into tablets, or portable all-in-ones that can be lugged around like supersized slates. I'm talking about mutant devices capable of dual-booting into either Android or Windows. Microsoft and Google reportedly hate it. So do I. Windows and Android mashed together mix as well as oil and water. (Really! Try it for yourself.)

When you truly need to use a desktop program or blow off some steam in a Steam game, you could pop over to Windows and Get Things Done, but spend most of your time in the speedy simplicity of Chrome OS. (If you hate Google Docs, you could even stick to Office in Windows and save your files to SkyDrive, using the Office Online apps to edit basic things in Google's universe.)

Both Chrome OS and the Windows desktop were made for mouse and keyboard, so switching between the operating systems wouldn't be as dramatically icky as booting from Windows to the touch-focused Android. 

Now picture the combo on a cheap laptop powered by Intel's Bay Trail processors. Both operating systems would function just fine on that energy-efficient chip. Bay Trail already powers a legion of small Windows tablets.

I'm drooling just thinking about it, though Microsoft probably wouldn't be happy with the idea of this mutant either. Nor would it really help computer builders flee the wobbling PC ship. But a Chromebook capable of booting into Windows would actually be useful to you and me — unlike those silly Android/Windows monstrosities.

 

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