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[6]: Comment by Stephen!
by ricegf on Wed 16th Oct 2013 11:08 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by Stephen!"
ricegf
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Symbian would be a better example to support your point - which was spot on, of course.

"In 2006, Symbian had 73% of the smartphone market, compared with 22.1% of the market in the second quarter of 2011."

Windows on the desktop will likely hang on in business for a few years the way Blackberry did, but unless Microsoft reinvents the OS successfully, it's living on borrowed time IMHO.

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