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 Gone fishing on Wed 16th Oct 2013 05:31 UTC in reply to "doubtful"
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isn't one of the reasons MS destroyed Netscape is that they could see that a browsers could become a fully fledged platform - an OS and a threat to Windows?

The open-sourcing of Netscape to become Mozilla and Google's Chrome browsers show that MS was right. Now we have increasingly powerful tools to make Browser based applications, cloud computing etc. I'd be worried if I was MS.

To say that MS will still be dominate in desktop computing in 10 years (and this will be important)seems to me to be a very bold statement, which, would require a very reliable crystal ball - I don't have one.

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