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[2]: Simple tools
by JPisini on Mon 9th Dec 2013 19:10 UTC in reply to "RE: Simple tools"
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Google docs has a long way to go before it even comes close to convincing businesses they don't need Microsoft Office.

My company with almost 500 employees has already made the switch from Office to Google Docs. Now to be fair maybe 20 people still need Office for some extra functionality but it is a sizable savings now that we don't need an Enterprise license with Microsoft. To be balanced we tried Chromebooks and they are not something we are planning to roll out in their current state as we do have some other corporate apps that require local installs.

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