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[2]: doubtful
by ricegf on Wed 16th Oct 2013 10:51 UTC in reply to "RE: doubtful"
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Granted I am not sure if the ARM based Chromebooks run linux (probably yes) but the Celeron based Acer is fantastic

Google Crouton. Not only do ARM based Chromebooks run more traditional Linux environments, but they can do so simultaneously - e.g., switch between Chrome OS and Ubuntu with a hotkey, using the same kernel, with no reboots.

My son does this, using Chrome OS as his browser and Ubuntu for his homework as a senior in Computer Science at the local university. I'm very tempted by the HP Chromebook as a result.

It's brilliant, really, IMHO.

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