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[9]: Comment by Stephen!
by Shane on Wed 16th Oct 2013 13:31 UTC in reply to "RE[8]: Comment by Stephen!"
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Also I have no idea why Microsoft are going to care if you building competing web services while you're paying for their products. One way or another they are getting cash money out of you and if it is significantly big enough they are going to be laughing their way to the bank.

Of course Microsoft won't care. You would.

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RE[10]: Comment by Stephen!
by lucas_maximus on Wed 16th Oct 2013 15:05 in reply to "RE[9]: Comment by Stephen!"
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Again it totally depends what percentage of your operating costs are software.

My employer doesn't blink at $200,000 of software for a single pool of servers. At the end of the day that is the same as employing 3 extra developers to build them something similar.

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RE[11]: Comment by Stephen!
by Shane on Wed 16th Oct 2013 16:36 in reply to "RE[10]: Comment by Stephen!"
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Google have plenty of money to throw at problems. That's not the issue. They simply rather be in control of their destiny.

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