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: doubtful
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Tue 15th Oct 2013 21:41 UTC in reply to "doubtful"
Bill Shooter of Bul
Member since:
2006-07-14

Considering the value points...who'd buy chromebook over tablet?

The chromebook has a nice always attached Keyboard. Somethings are still easier with one. Google office has come a long way. On a good computer, I can barely tell the difference in speed between it and open office.

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RE[2]: doubtful
by darknexus on Wed 16th Oct 2013 00:19 in reply to "RE: doubtful"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

Google office has come a long way. On a good computer, I can barely tell the difference in speed between it and open office.

If you don't mind Google indexing everything you write, that is.

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RE[3]: doubtful
by lucas0 on Wed 16th Oct 2013 07:48 in reply to "RE[2]: doubtful"
lucas0 Member since:
2012-04-20

Like Microsoft doesn't spy you..
They all do. You can't trust closed source software no matter who made it.

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RE[3]: doubtful
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Wed 16th Oct 2013 14:22 in reply to "RE[2]: doubtful"
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

Well, if we're comparing an Android tablet to a chromebook here. There is no difference in google indexing between the two. Providing the comparison to open office speed was only meant to support the idea that having a keyboard is useful.

I suppose if you are comparing a netbook running anything other than chrome os to a chromebook, then google indexing becomes something to think about. Perhaps its an argument to replace Chrome os with something like Fedora ( which is supposedly in the works even for the arm based ones). In fact, getting back to the original point, the ability to run a traditional Linux Distro ( excluding ubuntu touch which is kind of flaky), would be another reason to get a chromebook over a tablet.

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