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

"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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RE: Comment by Flatland_Spider
by WorknMan on Sat 7th Dec 2013 02:43 UTC in reply to "Comment by Flatland_Spider"
WorknMan
Member since:
2005-11-13

Google has successfully turned Chrome into a runtime environment and created an app ecosystem that is platform independent.


Except that it is not platform independent, since it depends on Chrome. Is there even a version of Chrome on Windows Phone? Or Blackberry? Or FirefoxOS?

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TechGeek Member since:
2006-01-14

I think he means hardware platform. Chrome comes on ARM and Intel x86. Windows RT is tanking where as Chrome is doing better. And since Chrome is free, you can have a lower cost system. It also requires a hell of a lot less horsepower than Windows 8 for the x86.

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galvanash Member since:
2006-01-25

"Google has successfully turned Chrome into a runtime environment and created an app ecosystem that is platform independent.


Except that it is not platform independent, since it depends on Chrome. Is there even a version of Chrome on Windows Phone? Or Blackberry? Or FirefoxOS?
"

Yeah... in the sense you are talking about Chrome Apps aren't platform independent - because those platforms don't run Chrome. But that is because the platforms Chrome doesn't run on (iOS and Windows Phone) actively block any efforts to port to them. I guarantee you if Microsoft and Apple didn't explicitly ban 3rd party browser engines on their platforms Chrome would already be ported to them*... Im leaving out FirefoxOS because it is essentially already capable of running the same apps as Chrome with only minors changes - and the APIs are rapidly converging.

As for Blackberry... They died, didn't you hear ;)

Anyway, Microsoft and Apple don't even have to support porting Chrome to their platforms - they just have to support the rapidly solidifying W3C standards underlying packaged web apps (in their own browsers) and they could run them as well. They choose not to...

The point though is the platform is (or at least will be real soon) W3C standards - not Chrome. Chrome is just an implementation of the runtime for packaged apps - its not the implementation.

* footnote - I don't count Chrome for iOS as a real port of Chrome, as it is nothing more than a thin veneer around the system provided UIWebView. Its not really a browser so much as an alternate skin for Safari.

Edited 2013-12-07 07:27 UTC

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Lennie Member since:
2007-09-22

Most of what runs in Chrome is the same that runs on pretty much every modern webbrowser.

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modmans2ndcoming Member since:
2005-11-09

that is like bitching about Win32 or Cocoa not being platform indipendant

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WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

that is like bitching about Win32 or Cocoa not being platform indipendant


Um, no it isn't, since nobody is claiming either of those are platform independent.

Some other posters claim that these apps will run without having to have Chrome installed. In which case, that's fine. At least if it catches on like Flash does, when a new platform rolls around, we won't have to sit and wait for Google to port Chrome over, before the platform is actually usable.

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crhylove Member since:
2010-04-10

LOL @ Windows Phone. How do you even count that? BWAH HA HA HA!!!

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