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: Microsoft are just scared
by benytocamela on Sat 7th Dec 2013 20:51 UTC in reply to "Microsoft are just scared"
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One of the problem with reducing something as complex as a giant corporation like Microsoft down to a soup opera, is that one runs the risk of missing the forest from the trees. Because you're only focusing on an arbitrary subset of the company.

If you look at it from a more quantitativeish metric like profitability, a different image emerges. Because as it stands MS is still one of the most profitable operations in the world. And at the end of the day that's what dictates success for a capitalist public corporation.

And I say this as a person who tends to have little use for Microsoft's products or technologies.

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