Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 15th Oct 2013 17:18 UTC
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AnandTech has reviewed the new Chromebook 11 from HP/Google.

Chrome OS is extremely purpose built and it is something that should bring about great concern to those at Microsoft. I personally don't have a problem with Windows 8, but purpose built is hardly a phrase that applies to the OS - at least if you're talking about it on a more traditional PC. I suspect by the time we get to Windows 9, Microsoft will have a better answer to the critics of 8/8.1, but that gives Google and its Chrome OS partners at least another year of marketshare erosion. At the beginning of this mobile journey I remember x86 being an advantage for Intel, and we all know what happened to that. Similarly, I remember Windows/Office being advantages for Microsoft. If Microsoft doesn't find a quick solution for making low cost Windows PCs just as well executed as Chrome OS devices, it'll find itself in a world where Windows no longer matters to entry-level/mainstream users.

Apple's taken over the high-end, Google is taking over the low-end, and in mobile, the company barely registers.

Microsoft's next CEO faces a herculean task.

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RE[3]: Comment by Stephen!
by pooo on Tue 15th Oct 2013 18:18 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Stephen!"
pooo
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Your "logic" makes no sense. Just because they hold a large market share doesn't mean they can't lose it. The examples of fallen giants in recent years are many. Remember when Windows Mobile was the dominant handheld/phone os?

Think of it like a sinkhole. On the surface everything looks ok. But beneath the surface the foundation is eroding. Eventually what seems so solid and has stood for so long can collapse very quickly. Things are changing. The foundations MS built it's empire on have changed. They need to change or they will collapse. Thinking otherwise is illogic. I'm not saying they won't do it, I'm just saying it must involve serious change.

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RE[4]: Comment by Stephen!
by Deviate_X on Tue 15th Oct 2013 18:40 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by Stephen!"
Deviate_X Member since:
2005-07-11

Your "logic" makes no sense. Just because they hold a large market share doesn't mean they can't lose it. The examples of fallen giants in recent years are many. Remember when Windows Mobile was the dominant handheld/phone os?

Think of it like a sinkhole. On the surface everything looks ok. But beneath the surface the foundation is eroding. Eventually what seems so solid and has stood for so long can collapse very quickly. Things are changing. The foundations MS built it's empire on have changed. They need to change or they will collapse. Thinking otherwise is illogic. I'm not saying they won't do it, I'm just saying it must involve serious change.


Your point make no sense because its backed by flawed misconceptions. Windows mobile was never dominant in handheld or phone OS'es.

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RE[5]: Comment by Stephen!
by pooo on Wed 16th Oct 2013 06:02 in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by Stephen!"
pooo Member since:
2006-04-22

Seriously you dismiss my point because I used windows mobile as an example? Blackberry? You going to dismiss that one also? My larger point stands (and you knew it) because there is more than one great example of seemingly unstoppable brands completely imploding because they didn't adapt to quickly changing realities.

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RE[4]: Comment by Stephen!
by lucas_maximus on Tue 15th Oct 2013 19:41 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by Stephen!"
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2009-08-18

Why is that then?

* I work in a building with 5 different high end gambling companies ... everything is Windows, except for the designers that are allowed to use Macs.

* All the code that is written is Windows specific or heavily relies on Windows and all our products rely on SQL Server or Oracle. We have a few small web applications that are MariaDB.

* I know 4 people in 1500 that run Linux or some variant.

* Every laptop I see is sold with Windows.

Notebooks and Desktops belong to Microsoft easily for the next ten years.

Microsoft won't continue to be a power necessarily in the consumer space, but in Business they will for a long time. They are the new IBM.

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RE[5]: Comment by Stephen!
by ricegf on Wed 16th Oct 2013 11:24 in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by Stephen!"
ricegf Member since:
2007-04-25

Your personal experience in a single building says little about the market (not to question your personal experience, of course).

In contrast, Acer's president, Jim Wang, recently said, "We are trying to grow our non-Windows business as soon as possible. Android is very popular in smartphones and dominant in tablets. I also see a new market there for Chromebooks."

It's just a different opinion, of course, but given his title I tend to give his more weight.

A third take: I see Apple notebooks and Chromebooks quite often now, and support over a thousand Linux workstations (which replaced Windows XP PCs last year) as part of my day job at a Fortune 50 company.

So I don't buy "Notebooks and Desktops belong to Microsoft easily for the next ten years" as necessarily true. If they can reinvent Windows to make sense in the modern heterogeneous world, they might hang on to the desktop for a while longer. But if they continue to alienate their business customers as they did with Windows 8 (and I have yet to talk to any colleague who wants to take their company there any time soon), they'll be the next Nokia.

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RE[5]: Comment by Stephen!
by Lennie on Wed 16th Oct 2013 16:26 in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by Stephen!"
Lennie Member since:
2007-09-22

"1 in 5 U.S. school districts now using Chromebooks says Google VP"

http://gigaom.com/2013/10/03/1-in-5-u-s-school-districts-now-using-...

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