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[4]: Comment by Nelson
by Morgan on Sun 8th Dec 2013 12:59 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by Nelson"
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I don't think they missed the boat, so much as got off the boat before they could switch from sails to steam. Windows Mobile 6.x and prior was actually a major player in the pre-iPhone smartphone world. It had its bugs but it was a great OS if you needed a pocketable computer. They simply waited way too long to come out with WP7; it should have been in the works the moment the iPhone rumors began in the mid 2000s. If it had been released to the public around 2008, it might have become a major competitor to Apple. Instead, they didn't really get started working on it until the iPhone 3G and first Android devices were released, and continued to sell outdated and woefully unsupported WM 6.x in the meantime.

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