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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Because Chromebooks cannot run Windows
by chithanh on Sat 7th Dec 2013 23:34 UTC
chithanh
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2006-06-18

My theory why Chromebooks bother Microsoft is that previously, when a computer was sold with Linux preinstalled, it was easy to claim for Microsoft proponents that Linux would just be replaced with a pirated copy of Windows.

Now the ARM Chromebooks cannot run Windows at all, while on the x86 Chromebooks installing Windows is only possible after flashing a BIOS.

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