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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One thing to think about
by TechGeek on Sat 7th Dec 2013 18:01 UTC
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Microsoft only has 2 profitable products. WIndows and Office. Those 2 prop up the entire company. For those who want to mention xbox, look at the reorganization of Microsoft products. Xbox is now in the same division as the patent holding fees. So while the division looks profitable, $2 Billion of that is from Android licensing and such. Take that away and the xbox isn't really making much money. Now you have other companies starting to threaten the two golden geese. If I were a stock holder I would be extremely concerned. While Microsoft won't lose all its business ever, what will a downward spiral do to stock prices and the companies future.

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