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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"I'm sure someone said the same about WordPerfect and Lotus 1-2-3 once.

I'm sure Microsoft keeps that in mind, but it's worth pointing out that neither of those systems had anywhere close to the level of market penetration that the Office ecosystem does right now.

I take that you are young, probably around your early twenties?

Yes, there were significantly less computers and computer users around back then but believe me when I say that the mere thought of something taking either WordPerfect or Lotus 1-2-3 out of the top spot would be derided as much if not more than the idea of something displacing Microsoft Office today.

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