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]: Comment by Nelson
by Nelson on Sat 7th Dec 2013 21:12 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by Nelson"
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Because Microsoft is going to kill ChromeOS in the cradle like they did the Linux netbook initiative. That was never a serious threat either. Nothing is a threat, until it becomes one. Then you'll wish you had taken it seriously.

Right now its just an easy opportunity to tarnish the Google and Chrome brand, and make Windows 8/RT seem strong.

This is more a Windows ad than anything.

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