Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 26th Nov 2013 23:03 UTC

Microsoft has enlisted the reality-television series "Pawn Stars" in its ongoing campaign to bash rival Google.

An online video ad released Tuesday mimics the plot set up of "Pawn Stars," which features people toting precious or odd objects for appraisal at a Las Vegas pawn shop. In Microsoft's fictional telling, a woman is trying to trade in a Chromebook, a no-frills laptop powered by Google software.

"The only problem with Microsoft is they just have no taste, they have absolutely no taste."

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This reeks of desperation
by WorknMan on Tue 26th Nov 2013 23:24 UTC
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Look, I'm not a huge Google cheerleader. Although I don't like/hate them any more than any other giant tech company, I think if they completely took over desktop and mobile, it would be a thousand hells worse than anything Microsoft ever unleashed upon the world. But right now, MS is getting its ass handed to it, and I couldn't be happier. It's like the bully going home and crying to mommy when somebody gives them a taste of their own medicine. MS spent so long being dicks that karma is coming back around to bite them in the ass. Eventually, what goes around comes around.

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RE: This reeks of desperation
by Nelson on Tue 26th Nov 2013 23:32 in reply to "This reeks of desperation"
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Ass handed to them? Chromebooks? Lol, no.

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RE[2]: This reeks of desperation
by Morgan on Wed 27th Nov 2013 00:08 in reply to "RE: This reeks of desperation"
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I've used a Chromebook, and my immediate reaction was "wow, this is pretty sweet". Then I hit the brick wall the video talks about: No wifi means no apps. It's gotten better on that front recently with offline gmail and limited local storage; I tried Hexxeh's Chromium OS build on my netbook and those features mostly worked, but I still went back to Slackware after just a few days. If I ever end up with a "real" Chromebook I'll probably just wipe and install a more useful OS.

All that said, I live in a semi-rural area on the outskirts of Atlanta, so I'm not the target market for these devices anyway. Someone who is bathed in free wifi 24/7 would probably love it.

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Ass handed to them?

Not on desktop, but on mobile, and on the web. And I guess you might say Office as well. They're just not the giant behemoth they used to be.

Edited 2013-11-27 00:35 UTC

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As far as I read that comment, nothing is stating that CHROMEBOOKS are handing MS' ass to them.

MS' grandiose schemes in general are all just falling down on their own. Of course, they have plenty of decent revenue streams. But clearly MS has a weird psychology of being unhappy when other companies find success, regardless of whether that is actually competing or threatening their own current success/niche.

That Chromebooks are a minor part of the market and not really taking over the world in their current form is exactly the point of why this negative campaign is such a joke and revealing of the state of MS. Why should MS bother to attack Chromebooks in the first place? That they are really says something about MS, more than Chromebooks.

Edited 2013-11-27 09:30 UTC

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