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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kill Chrome, HAH!
by TechGeek on Sun 8th Dec 2013 04:38 UTC
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Microsoft was able to kill the netbook because makers still had to ship Windows machines. What leverage does Microsoft have against Google? None. Google doesn't need to also sell Windows machines. Samsung and Acer are big enough that they probably just don't care what Microsoft thinks, since Microsoft would just be hurting themselves by going after large OEMs.

The landscape is a lot different than it was a couple years ago.

Edited 2013-12-08 04:39 UTC

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