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 abraxas on Sat 7th Dec 2013 19:50 UTC
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Google is creating an ever larger ecosystem on the Net. Android is huge and it is really just a device to deliver Google services. Chromebooks deliver those same services. If people are already committed to Google services on their phone, they might not really need anything more than a Chromebook. I think a lot of tech minded people fail to see how much the smartphone/tablet market is changing the way the majority of people use and interact with technology.

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