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+ - Chromebooks' Success in 2013 is a Gut Punch to Microsoft 3

Submitted by Hugh Pickens DOT Com
Hugh Pickens DOT Com (2995471) writes "Gregg Keizer reports at Computerworld that Chromebooks accounted for 21% of all US commercial notebook sales in 2013 through November, and 10% of all computers and tablets. Both shares were up massively from 2012 when Chromebooks accounted for an almost-invisible two-tenths of one percent of all computer and tablet sales. That’s really rough news news for Microsoft, which is the principal loser of market share against the Chromebooks. Part of the attraction of Chromebooks is their low prices: The systems forgo high-resolution displays, rely on inexpensive graphics chipsets, include paltry amounts of RAM — often just 2GB — and get by with little local storage. And their operating system, Chrome OS, doesn't cost computer makers a dime. "A few years ago, Chromebooks were a bit of a laughing stock. They were underperforming single-purpose laptops that weren’t even good at the only thing they could do that is, surf the web," says Frederic Lardinois. "Over the last year, ChromeOS also went from a one-trick pony to something that’s more like a “real” operating system." Today’s Chromebooks are nothing like the old Cr-48 prototype Google once sent out to bloggers in late 2010. The fact that Microsoft has now started making fun of them just shows that it’s concerned about losing market share in the business world. "Google is doing with its Chrome OS for PCs what it did with Android for smartphones," says Matt Marshall. "No wonder Google is starting to eating Microsoft’s lunch.""
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Chromebooks' Success in 2013 is a Gut Punch to Microsoft

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  • Chromebooks runs Chrome OS. Running it right now. It leaves a few things to be desired, but it's the cheapest way to get a 100% solid state notebook that uses minute power, have long battery life and just works.

    And I could replace Chrome OS with a regular Linux.

    Can't wait for a 4GB RAM Cortex A57 Chromebook.

    This just goes to show how bloated Windows is, a dual core 2GB notebook with Linux with a tiny CPU runs about the same as a 4GB notebook with Windows and a Core i3.

    • I don't know about a Core i3 Windows notebook. But I do have a Chromebook and a Core i5 (Haswell) Windows notebook with 4 GB ram and an SSD drive, and there is no real comparison. The Windows notebook absolutely runs laps around the Chromebook. I love the little Chromebook - it's so lightweight and requires zero maintenance. But this Windows notebook is only 4 pounds and has an 11 hour battery life (mostly due to Haswell chip), and it's definitely the one I grab most of the time now.
  • Dave Winer has some interesting related commentary [scripting.com] on this, suggesting that the Chromebook market was Microsoft's for the taking.

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