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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by Nelson on Sat 7th Dec 2013 15:41 UTC
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Why? Because ChromeOS is comparatively weaker and puts Windows 8/RT in good light. This is not that complicated.

No, ChromeOS isn't a threat. NO, Office isn't in jeopardy (seriously? LOL), but yes it makes perfectly good business sense to capitalize on that weakness in order to hit Google (which makes a mobile phone OS last I heard).

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