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: Comment by shmerl
by chithanh on Tue 15th Oct 2013 22:08 UTC in reply to "Comment by shmerl"
chithanh
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ChomeOS uses X. In the default configuration you can install only Chrome packaged HTML5 apps.

In developer mode, you gain access to the ChromeOS package manager (Gentoo portage) which allows you to install other packages in Gentoo's ebuild format. Besides you can create a Linux chroot like the popular Crouton. Crouton gives you an Ubuntu environment which allows you to install arbitrary Ubuntu packages.

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