Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 7th Dec 2013 00:55 UTC

"It's pretty much a brick," says Pawn Stars' Rick Harrison as he rejects a Samsung Chromebook brought in by an actor playing a customer. Microsoft really doesn't want you buying this thing.

But why? Just how big of a threat are Chromebooks, Google's oft-ridiculed web-only laptops, to Microsoft's core business?

I'm puzzled too. It doesn't seem like Chromebooks are that big of a threat - why create terrible advertisements that only provide Google with free publicity?

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by dennisma on Sat 7th Dec 2013 02:26 UTC
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One reason might be that on Amazon the #1 and #3 "laptops" being sold is a Samsung Chromebook and an Acer Chromebook.

Another reason (jokingly) might be Microsoft gets a lot of royalties on patents in Android (in the order of $1 billion a year). Maybe Microsoft has royalties it can cash in on with Chromebooks as well. I mean... they make a lot of money and don't have to support the product. What's not to love?

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