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: doubtful
by No it isnt on Tue 15th Oct 2013 20:43 UTC in reply to "doubtful"
No it isnt
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It's not more limited than a tablet. You can use it for most tasks that need a keyboard (writing) and upload your work to a server (the cloud or whatever). The actual computing happens elsewhere. Microsoft's real concern should be that Chromebooks could make Office redundant as well.

A tablet isn't even good for its main purpose: browsing the web. Only a few Apple fanboys use them for actual work, and only because they really really want to, not because it's suited for it at all.

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