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[7]: Comment by Stephen!
by ricegf on Wed 16th Oct 2013 17:01 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Comment by Stephen!"
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Sure, we'll see. But be sure to read what I actually wrote rather than what you perhaps expected to see.

In particular, I did NOT "predict the death of Microsoft"; I pointed that your personal lack of experience seeing non-Windows systems is irrelevant, and that Microsoft's current Windows strategy has been poorly received by large corporations.

Whether they see a market share decline over the next few years among business users depends on their ability to deliver products that add value. Their recent slate of offerings hasn't exactly been received with enthusiasm by the corporate world.

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RE[8]: Comment by Stephen!
by lucas_maximus on Wed 16th Oct 2013 23:45 in reply to "RE[7]: Comment by Stephen!"
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So you've seen one thing, I've seen another.

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RE[9]: Comment by Stephen!
by ricegf on Wed 16th Oct 2013 23:52 in reply to "RE[8]: Comment by Stephen!"
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Exactly. And neither means squat. :-)

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