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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What I can't abide in, have the greatest disdain for, is technically savvy people, capable of effecting many alternate choices for themselves, who complain about the NSA spying on them, yet then have the unmitigated audacity to buy into an always signed-in, always tracked and controlled (24-7), Chromebook.

You singled out Google, Microsoft isn't much better, if any.

Your tracked in many ways, it's hard to prevent it:
- financially - banking system
- location - because your mobile phone needs to talk to the network
- on the web with cookies or other means
- data - synchorinized with SkyDrive on Windows, ChromeOS profile, smartphones and tablets.
- travel habits - planes and public transport cards for busses and planes
- shopping habits - wifi and maybe mobile, loyalty card programs

As I think Eben Moglen said in a talk about freedombox: computer [programs] create logs [ or data, that isn't going to change.] But we should be able to keep them ourselfs.

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