Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 15th Oct 2013 17:18 UTC

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 Wondercool on Tue 15th Oct 2013 22:00 UTC in reply to "doubtful"
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Chrome is pretty ok for most people who only need a browser and a keyboard.

For me personally it's even better: I replaced ChromeOS with XUbuntu. Those Chromebooks don't come with Microsoft OS tax and the price point is brilliant.

I used to have Samsung NC20 11" netbook type computer.
Cost me 300 euro 4 years ago. Was quite slow and did not play games.
I replaced it with a 170 euro 11" acer C7 Chromebook 6 months ago. It is insanely good for the money. I put on Ubuntu ( and I can even play Portal or most Steam Linux games!

And now the Haswell version is out! I will never go back to if the hardware is this good for 170 euro

Granted I am not sure if the ARM based Chromebooks run linux (probably yes) but the Celeron based Acer is fantastic

Edited 2013-10-15 22:01 UTC

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