The tech giants are planning to launch new Linux-powered tablets, laptops, and desktops by the end of the year, the Wall Street and other media reports said, citing unnamed people familiar with the matter.
The news follows the news earlier this year that HP is considering a switch to Linux and Intel’s decision to abandon Windows.
The new platforms would be powered by the Linux kernel, and include the latest security patches, according to the reports.
While Microsoft has been making moves to shift its computing and cloud strategy away from Windows, the company has been working with Linux for years to make Windows 10 and Windows Server more secure, with more than 70 percent of the devices running the Linux version, according a report from Bloomberg last month.
Meanwhile, Google and Microsoft are both working to push their own versions of Linux into consumer devices, including laptops and phones.
Google’s Pixel and Windows 10 are widely considered to be the most secure and reliable of the three.
But Microsoft has continued to push Windows to new platforms with the new Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book laptops, while Apple has pushed macOS and iOS, and Windows on desktops and phones, with Windows 10.