Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 15th Oct 2013 17:18 UTC

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 phoenix on Tue 15th Oct 2013 19:30 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Stephen!"
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Agreed. Windows is still dominating over 80-90% of the desktop OS market. It's not going away any time soon.

Depends on the market. ;)

Our local school district has under 5% Windows on the desktop (mostly principal laptops with the occasional programming lab configured to dual-boot into Windows). Every other desktop in the district is Linux.

And, there's an initiative underway (without the consent of the IT Dept, I might add) to add 30-60 Chromebooks to each elementary school. That will bring the % of Windows down even further.

We may not be a large district (14,000 students, 2100 staff; ~5000 desktops, several thousand laptops, several hundred tablets), but we have been using alternatives to Windows for over 10 years now. ;)

We've received comments from former students complaining about the use of Windows in the local university, and just how restrictive Windows is. We've also received comments from teachers moving to other districts about how limiting their Windows setups are (no remote access via NX, no access to home directories at other schools via SCP/SFTP, no webmail access, etc).

IOW, don't discount the effects of "the other 10% of the desktop market". ;) We may only have 5,000 desktops, but we've put 20,000+ students through many years of use with lasting, long-term effects that aren't noticed right away. ;)

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RE[4]: Comment by Stephen!
by smashIt on Tue 15th Oct 2013 19:47 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by Stephen!"
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but we have been using alternatives to Windows for over 10 years now. ;)

which leads to the question how well you prepared your pupils for the time after school

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RE[5]: Comment by Stephen!
by phoenix on Tue 15th Oct 2013 19:55 in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by Stephen!"
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Very well.

The first couple of years was bumpy as we had to "force" a lot of teachers to stop "teaching" the specific menu locations of things in MS Word, and instead to start teaching concepts like formatting, layout, content, etc. IOW, teaching transferable skills that can be used with any word processing suite, instead of just that one (out-dated) version of MS Word. ;)

Not to mention, they are exposed to a lot more than just Windows + Office. When you get complaints about how limiting the university setup is (they are a 100% Microsoft shop) compared to the K-12 school district, you know you're doing something right!

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