Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 11th Jul 2013 09:12 UTC
Google "Google's Chromebook was dismissed as a bare-bones laptop with limited appeal when it debuted two years ago. Now it's defying skeptics and gaining share as the rest of the personal-computer market shrinks. Chromebooks have in just the past eight months snagged 20 percent to 25 percent of the U.S. market for laptops that cost less than $300, according to NPD Group Inc. The devices, which have a full keyboard and get regular software updates from Google, are the fastest-growing part of the PC industry based on price, NPD said."
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RE[2]: Comment by smashIt
by Nelson on Thu 11th Jul 2013 11:16 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by smashIt"
Nelson
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2005-11-29

Meanwhile they are a non factor in ultraportables thats due to explode in the next few years.

To put things in perspective, they control 3% of the total market. Thats up 2% YoY, which is still impressive but not as misleading as 25% of the netbook market.

The problem with competing on price is that once Microsoft lowers their prices, their value proposition evaporates. Look at Linux Netbooks for a refresher.

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RE[3]: Comment by smashIt
by chithanh on Thu 11th Jul 2013 12:52 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by smashIt"
chithanh Member since:
2006-06-18

they control 3% of the total market. Thats up 2% YoY
The article claims 4-5% share, up from 1-2% in 2012.

The problem with competing on price is that once Microsoft lowers their prices, their value proposition evaporates.
Interestingly the Chromebooks do not only compete on price. Being almost maintenance-free is a big part of the equation.

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RE[4]: Comment by smashIt
by ricegf on Fri 12th Jul 2013 00:25 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by smashIt"
ricegf Member since:
2007-04-25

Just bought a new printer, and was interested that Epson specifically supports printing from Chrome. Also works well from iOS and Android (we tried both), and of course desktop Linux (check), Macs, and even (they claim) Windows 8. ;-)

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Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

What do you mean by "once microsoft lowers their prices"? You mean, once microsoft lowers their prices again? Or did microsoft raise there prices again after the netbook market died off and are now poised to lower it again?

I thought winRT was the Microsoft answer to Chrome, but they haven't been very successful with that strategy.

Edit:

By "successful" I mean in terms of getting OEM's to introduce new models. I would like to see a sales number comparison of WinRT devices vs Chome. It would be fairly interesting.

Edited 2013-07-11 14:05 UTC

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RE[3]: Comment by smashIt
by jonathan2260 on Thu 11th Jul 2013 15:47 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by smashIt"
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2013-01-18

The problem with competing on price is that once Microsoft lowers their prices, their value proposition evaporates. Look at Linux Netbooks for a refresher.


I think people you're forgetting that it's a different market compared to a little over 5 years, Microsoft's stranglehold on the OEMs has gotten very loose. When the netbooks with Linux arrived on the market the reason they used Linux was that Vista was such a resource hog. Windows XP wasn't being sold anymore until Microsoft reacted to the Netbook's popularity so they offered XP again for the netbooks and suddenly most netbooks sold in North America was Windows only.

Today, Windows is able to run on the hardware the chromebook uses yet these devices are shipping with Chrome OS.

We also see that OEMs are proposing laptops that dual boot Windows 8 and Android, something we would not have seen 10 years ago. I'm thinking of BEOS that was supposed to be shipped in dual boot on some Toshiba laptops until Microsoft objected.

Of course, Microsoft recently became a hardware manufacturer when they started to sell Surface tablets putting them in competition with their partners. This was probably a major wake up call for OEMs to diversify away from Microsoft which is why they are committing to the ChromeOS and Android. Just look at the way they stabbed their partners in the MP3 player markey when they offered the Zune. The OEMs need only to see that to realize that their partner could pull a fast one on them at any time.

Microsoft could give copies of Windows 8 to the OEMs, they're not going to stop the ChromeOS. If these devices sell well, the companies making them are not going to be stopped by Microsoft this time.

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