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[6]: Comment by Stephen!
by lucas_maximus on Wed 16th Oct 2013 12:53 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by Stephen!"
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We will see, because I've heard predictions of the death of Microsoft and "we have migrated X many XP machines" comments for the last 10 years on sites such as these.

Personally I don't care one way or another any-more. My skillset isn't tied to .NET (though that is where I have the most experience).

But I've worked both overseas now and in the UK and I haven't even heard any rumblings about moving away from Windows workstations.

The problems with Windows 8, is that Windows 7 was another XP like release. We will hear the same news items we are hearing now about migrating away from Windows 7.

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