Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 7th Dec 2013 00:55 UTC

"It's pretty much a brick," says Pawn Stars' Rick Harrison as he rejects a Samsung Chromebook brought in by an actor playing a customer. Microsoft really doesn't want you buying this thing.

But why? Just how big of a threat are Chromebooks, Google's oft-ridiculed web-only laptops, to Microsoft's core business?

I'm puzzled too. It doesn't seem like Chromebooks are that big of a threat - why create terrible advertisements that only provide Google with free publicity?

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RE: Comment by Flatland_Spider
by WorknMan on Sat 7th Dec 2013 02:43 UTC in reply to "Comment by Flatland_Spider"
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Google has successfully turned Chrome into a runtime environment and created an app ecosystem that is platform independent.

Except that it is not platform independent, since it depends on Chrome. Is there even a version of Chrome on Windows Phone? Or Blackberry? Or FirefoxOS?

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