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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Chrome OS vs Windows RT?
by brion on Sat 7th Dec 2013 11:26 UTC
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Chromebooks directly threaten Microsoft's "convert people to buying apps through the monopoly Windows Store" model of the Windows 8 & RT pairing.

Chrome OS has the same compatibility with Win32 applications as Windows RT does (almost none!), and have similar levels of availability of "native" packaged apps (kinda crappy). The only Win32 app for RT is Office, which is having its lunch eaten by Google Apps...

So both Windows RT and Chrome OS come down to glorified web browsers for getting anything done, and honestly who's going to choose IE over Chrome? ;)

That, and as much as I like my Surface as a tablet, even with the pretty keyboard attachment it's just an awkward "laptop", being as you really need to place it on a... surface... for that kickstand and keyboard to be useful.

Chromebooks come in the familiar laptop format, so they just blow past Windows RT entirely and compete directly with Windows 8 on low-end Intel hardware.

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