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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"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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