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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What a nice conversation
by poliorcetes on Wed 16th Oct 2013 09:09 UTC
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You people have summarize a good number of the intervening dynamics that are shaping the computer world of tomorrow. Yes, I'm serious about that

Most of the people don't take chromeOS seriously, and indeed it is a very focused and limited offering for non-hacker users. But you can do actual work with it and web platforms and tools, what you cannot do with an Android platform and its limited browser or docs client. I've tried to work with google docs in Android for years and it is still frustrating (it doesn't cover sections, for instance, and the spreadsheet client is still quite crappy and unresponsive).

In fact, Ms. was quite fear of what netscape's thin client promised. ChromeOS is the ultimate refination of such concept. It's not going to substitute windows, but the menace, as another fellow said, is against office too. What they really want is that both final and corporate users stay on their ecosystem as much as possible, and they are making advances on it. Although they are not playing well with corporate users (hello patriot act, which denies the possibility of use google drive to a large number of non-american corporations and agencies), a damn lot of final users are turning on their windows, osx or whatever and running chrome with chrome apps.

Actually next Ms CEO has an herculean task. Given that IE11 cannot work seamessly with google docs, for instance, it's a great opportunity for further advances of chrome inside Ms core territory

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