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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Or get Open/Libre Office for Windows, it's the most popular variant.
Avast is a free anti-virus and anti-malware.
GIMP also works well and is better than anything Cchrome/Picasa offers (the latter also has a nice Windows app of course).

Like it or not, running Windows does give you the nicest all-around options, also free ones.

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