Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 15th Oct 2013 17:18 UTC
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AnandTech has reviewed the new Chromebook 11 from HP/Google.

Chrome OS is extremely purpose built and it is something that should bring about great concern to those at Microsoft. I personally don't have a problem with Windows 8, but purpose built is hardly a phrase that applies to the OS - at least if you're talking about it on a more traditional PC. I suspect by the time we get to Windows 9, Microsoft will have a better answer to the critics of 8/8.1, but that gives Google and its Chrome OS partners at least another year of marketshare erosion. At the beginning of this mobile journey I remember x86 being an advantage for Intel, and we all know what happened to that. Similarly, I remember Windows/Office being advantages for Microsoft. If Microsoft doesn't find a quick solution for making low cost Windows PCs just as well executed as Chrome OS devices, it'll find itself in a world where Windows no longer matters to entry-level/mainstream users.

Apple's taken over the high-end, Google is taking over the low-end, and in mobile, the company barely registers.

Microsoft's next CEO faces a herculean task.

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RE[3]: Comment by Stephen!
by pooo on Tue 15th Oct 2013 18:18 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Stephen!"
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Your "logic" makes no sense. Just because they hold a large market share doesn't mean they can't lose it. The examples of fallen giants in recent years are many. Remember when Windows Mobile was the dominant handheld/phone os?

Think of it like a sinkhole. On the surface everything looks ok. But beneath the surface the foundation is eroding. Eventually what seems so solid and has stood for so long can collapse very quickly. Things are changing. The foundations MS built it's empire on have changed. They need to change or they will collapse. Thinking otherwise is illogic. I'm not saying they won't do it, I'm just saying it must involve serious change.

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