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 pooo on Wed 16th Oct 2013 06:02 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by Stephen!"
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Seriously you dismiss my point because I used windows mobile as an example? Blackberry? You going to dismiss that one also? My larger point stands (and you knew it) because there is more than one great example of seemingly unstoppable brands completely imploding because they didn't adapt to quickly changing realities.

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RE[6]: Comment by Stephen!
by ricegf on Wed 16th Oct 2013 11:08 in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by Stephen!"
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Symbian would be a better example to support your point - which was spot on, of course.

"In 2006, Symbian had 73% of the smartphone market, compared with 22.1% of the market in the second quarter of 2011."

Windows on the desktop will likely hang on in business for a few years the way Blackberry did, but unless Microsoft reinvents the OS successfully, it's living on borrowed time IMHO.

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