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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RE: This reeks of desperation
by Nelson on Tue 26th Nov 2013 23:32 UTC 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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Nelson Member since:

I just have to question the wisdom of Microsoft getting its ass handed to them by an OS which has worse sales than Windows RT.

They may very well be fantastic little laptops at awesome prices.

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BlueofRainbow Member since:

This hits the weakness common to all vendors - no exception (as far as I am aware).

Having web-apps and using cloud storage works fine in an urban area well served in all kings of wireless networking connections.

However - not so in a rural area.

Maybe, rather than trying to bash each others, Apple, Google, and Microsoft would be better (for us, the users), to come-up with a common API set capable of transparently dealing with the loss of wireless connectivity once one travels away from urban centers and major highways. That would be money well spent.

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tkeith Member since:

I don't understand this argument really. If you don't have wifi, what is it you are doing on your computer? If I am not at home or at work, I'm not doing anything on my computer. Do you guys go out in the wilderness and need to do some spreadsheets or what?

I think for 90% of people, the only time they use their computer is when they would have internet. Still I think the models with 200MB free internet make a lot of sense, and in some cases don't cost much more.

Please stop this lame strawman argument.

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WorknMan Member since:

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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Nelson Member since:

They have an unshakable domination on the Desktop, in mobile their seeing increased success, and Office is crushing Google's offerings especially Office365.

Office is especially hilarious though, Microsoft was able to reinvent a new business model, turn it into a two billion dollar business, and laugh all the way to the bank before Google even knew what happened.

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Shannara Member since:

Well... not bad. You got 1 out of 4 correct.

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mutantsushi Member since:

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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