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 olafg on Sat 7th Dec 2013 22:42 UTC
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PNaCl is crossplatform, but developers will sit on the fence until it has market share. Once it has marketshare in terms of ChromeBooks it will take off on other OSes too and Windows risk fading away. So yes, Microsoft probably tries to give the platform a bad reputation to prevent it from taking off. If it takes of it will completely undercut Microsofts business model across the board. With OpenGL in browsers and near machine level IR representation for the code the possibilities are near limitless. Chrome is just a low overhead mediating layer between the program and the OS. Basically a compatibility layer. Why wouldn't Microsoft fear this technology?

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