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 shmerl on Sun 8th Dec 2013 06:00 UTC
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That's simple. Chromebooks are actual computers which come with reinstalled OS which is... not Windows! Barely you ever see more substantial Linux sold in regular stores, but Chromebooks on the other hand are quite widespread. It brings dread to Microsoft, since preventing alternative operating systems from reaching consumers through making twisted deals with common hardware manufacturers was their main tactic of retaining the sickening Windows monopoly.

I personally don't see Chrome OS as something worthy of interest, but on the other hand it can be sufficient to some significant amount of people, and that already makes a dent in Windows domination.

Edited 2013-12-08 06:03 UTC

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