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[7]: Comment by Stephen!
by phoenix on Tue 15th Oct 2013 21:11 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Comment by Stephen!"
phoenix
Member since:
2005-07-11

Every student in the district has remote access to their full Linux desktop from home via the NX Client. Nothing similar is available at the uni. Want access to your files on the uni servers? Hope you can find a computer on campus to use.

Want a copy of the software that we use in the schools? No problem, it's all free, and most of it is available on our downloads server; the rest is available on the Internet. Want a copy of the software they use at the uni? Better have a large bank account; even after student discounts, MS Office isn't cheap.

Screw up a file, corrupt a file, misplace a file anytime over the past 3 years? We can recover it from backups (daily snapshots of every server in the district). Lose a file on the uni server? Hope it was in the last 2-4 weeks, otherwise it's gone.

Those are the three biggest complaints we have so far from graduating students. ;) There are others (like the lack of webmail at the uni), but those are the major ones.

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RE[8]: Comment by Stephen!
by smashIt on Wed 16th Oct 2013 08:16 in reply to "RE[7]: Comment by Stephen!"
smashIt Member since:
2005-07-06

incompetence is independent of the software you are using

at my university they run linux where possible, and it's a complete mess

and office expensive?
you can buy it new for 100€, you can buy it used for 40€, if yuor uni has a deal with ms you can get it for >10€, and you can use openoffice for free (good luck with OOo if you need it to interact with other software...)

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RE[9]: Comment by Stephen!
by lucas_maximus on Wed 16th Oct 2013 12:56 in reply to "RE[8]: Comment by Stephen!"
lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

incompetence is independent of the software you are using


I was going to say that none of that is because they are using Windows.

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