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]: Microsoft are just scared
by TechGeek on Sat 7th Dec 2013 17:53 UTC in reply to "RE: Microsoft are just scared"
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"Microsoft are just scared in general. Microsoft spent years building a super defensive, and for a long time very effective, defensive business strategy designed to protect Window's position on the desktop and Office's role at work. [...] Then in a shockingly short time all that defensive work was rendered almost irrelevant

Hmmm, interesting point. But do you really think that Microsoft's dominance on the traditional desktop and school and business use is actually in jeopardy? I'm not arguing, I'm just genuinely not sure. I would be the first to rejoice if the desktop/business computing market became more diversified, but I don't see Windows / Office really fading in the near future.

I didnt think much about it either until recently, when I saw pushes for schools to start putting Raspberry Pi's in their classrooms. The education system is broken in many places and they are looking for things like Linux and new teaching technologies as a way of bolstering their offerings.

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