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: Simple tools
by iarann on Sun 8th Dec 2013 05:21 UTC in reply to "Simple tools"
iarann
Member since:
2006-05-14

Today mobile phones and tablets have made people aware that they actually can get things done with far less feature complete tools than their desktop office suit. Chromebook will extend that awareness to the desktop, and when that happens nobody will care much if MS Office have x features more than e.g. Google docs and much of the reason people still buy MS-Office will be gone. This is why Microsoft is so scared


Google docs has a long way to go before it even comes close to convincing businesses they don't need Microsoft Office.

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RE[2]: Simple tools
by JPisini on Mon 9th Dec 2013 19:10 in reply to "RE: Simple tools"
JPisini Member since:
2006-01-24



Google docs has a long way to go before it even comes close to convincing businesses they don't need Microsoft Office.


My company with almost 500 employees has already made the switch from Office to Google Docs. Now to be fair maybe 20 people still need Office for some extra functionality but it is a sizable savings now that we don't need an Enterprise license with Microsoft. To be balanced we tried Chromebooks and they are not something we are planning to roll out in their current state as we do have some other corporate apps that require local installs.

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RE[3]: Simple tools
by darknexus on Mon 9th Dec 2013 22:15 in reply to "RE[2]: Simple tools"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

You'd have been better off to switch to LibreOffice or something along those lines. Giving internal documents to Google? Remind me never to deal with your company.

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