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[5]: Comment by Stephen!
by Shane on Wed 16th Oct 2013 01:06 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by Stephen!"
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Except there are always people needed to make those web based services and they will likely to be using Windows.

Most web based services are likely to be built on top of Unix these days.

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RE[6]: Comment by Stephen!
by lucas_maximus on Wed 16th Oct 2013 06:11 in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by Stephen!"
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Doesn't mean they won't be built on Windows either.

Edited 2013-10-16 06:12 UTC

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RE[7]: Comment by Stephen!
by Shane on Wed 16th Oct 2013 08:08 in reply to "RE[6]: Comment by Stephen!"
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This is why Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Dropbox, and countless others don't build on top of a Microsoft stack:

If you're building something for which you've got great ambitions, you want to build on top of tech that you can take ownership of. Because you might just find yourself competing with Microsoft one day.

On the other hand, if you're building stuff for corporations, knock yourself out.

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