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 project_2501 on Sat 7th Dec 2013 22:37 UTC
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Microsoft are scared becuase many people will realise that a Chromebook is all they need to browse the web, talk to their freinds, do their facebook/twitter, tweak a few uploaded photos from their android phone, edit a document with sufficient features (bold, centre, underline, font, image, table...), video conference, ... and more...

... without the need for an expensive overly complex operating system with buckets and buckets of years worth of unnecessary software.

Plus they go wrong less often. And don't seem to need anti virus, nor a geeky neighbour/friend to "set things up" ...

.. for most people you don't need to worry if the device breaks, your emails, photos, documents are all safe somewhere else.

Most people don't need 80% of the software installed with Windows (by byte volume).

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RE: sold
by pos3 on Mon 9th Dec 2013 06:59 in reply to "sold"
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This. Most of my non tech guys need a laptop to watch movies, browse, email and most important of all facebook ;) . Virus free is a big plus as well.

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