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[4]: Comment by Stephen!
by smashIt on Tue 15th Oct 2013 19:47 UTC 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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RE[6]: Comment by Stephen!
by lucas_maximus on Tue 15th Oct 2013 21:02 in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by Stephen!"
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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!

What you mean exactly, because tbh if anyone are using any of my web-services or databases they are very locked down on what they can do. It would be the same if they were doing anything on a desktop .. no matter the OS.

If they are a PITA that thinks they need special access and has some clout with management, I give them something their own special VM ... and they don't bother me again.

Edited 2013-10-15 21:05 UTC

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Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:

That's very brave. If you do it as well as you say you are, that's awesome. If teach them as well as you did with MS products( like specific menu locations of features), then you're in trouble. Kids today are fairly adept at switching. I'm kind of surprised you got the staff to commit to it. Concepts are more difficult to teach than specific instructions based on menu hierarchy.

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