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[5]: Microsoft are just scared
by iarann on Mon 9th Dec 2013 05:37 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Microsoft are just scared"
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I take that you are young, probably around your early twenties?

Not even close. I actually own real copies of Wordstar 7.0d (my favorite word processor) and WordPerfect 5,1 for DOS, to give you an idea of how old I am.

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.

WordPerfect and Lotus 1-2-3 were dominant in their time, but there are two differences between them and Microsoft:

1) They were not dominant as long. I think WordPerfect saw less than 10 years at the top, 1986 to 1993 or so. Lotus had a bit longer, 1983 to about 1993 or so as well. Micrsoft has been on top since then in both areas, which is roughly 20 years now, in both the Mac and Windows markets. Over that time, businesses have become more and more entrenched as well, as technology has evolved. In the 80s, your word processor and spreadsheet applications were independent pieces of software, these days office applications are all integrated.

2) As badly managed as one could argue Microsoft as a whole has been run of late, in the Office arena none of these problems are occuring. Office 2013 has been pretty succesful, and Microsoft hasn't hesitated to make major changes like the ribbon interface in 2007 in order to keep ahead of competitors.

I'm not saying Microsoft will always be the number one office suite, but there is nothing right now that looks to put it in danger.

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