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[2]: Comment by Flatland_Spider
by TechGeek on Sat 7th Dec 2013 04:50 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by Flatland_Spider"
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I think he means hardware platform. Chrome comes on ARM and Intel x86. Windows RT is tanking where as Chrome is doing better. And since Chrome is free, you can have a lower cost system. It also requires a hell of a lot less horsepower than Windows 8 for the x86.

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