Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 14th Jul 2014 16:37 UTC

Microsoft has announced a pricing offensive versus Google's Chromebooks.

Microsoft is aiming straight for Google's Chromebooks this holiday season. At the company's partner conference today, Microsoft COO Kevin Turner revealed that HP is planning to release a $199 laptop running Windows for the holidays. Turner didn't provide specifications for HP's "Stream" device, but he did detail $249 laptop options from Acer and Toshiba. Acer's low-cost laptop will ship with a 15.6-inch screen and a 2.16GHz Intel Celeron processor, and Toshiba's includes a 11.6-inch display. It appears that Intel's Celeron chips will help Microsoft's PC partners push out cheaper devices in the race to the bottom.

Turner also revealed that HP is planning to release 7- and 8-inch versions of its new "Stream" PCs for $99 this holiday season, both running versions of Windows.

Any takers?

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by thegman on Tue 15th Jul 2014 00:33 UTC
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Say what you will about Windows 8, at that price point, there is very little that can compete. There is the Android laptops, and Chromebooks, obviously Macs don't get anywhere near that sort of price.

I don't mind Chromebooks, but doubt I'd buy again, but then maybe once they can run Android apps, I might. But really, there is very little argument to make for Chrome against Windows 8 when selling at the same price. Perhaps it starts up faster, updates easier, and is simpler for absolute beginners, but even that is kind of a matter of opinion, difficult to make the case.

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