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Chromebooks eating into Windows sales?

Windows based PCs are becoming irrelevant as most of what we do on our computers is web-based or online. The first app anyone launches after booting up the PC is probably the browser. In most cases that browser is Google’s Chrome. There are many users who live there lives inside a browser it doesn’t matter what operating system is running beneath that browser.

That’s where Chromebook enters the picture. Google has kept this device as simple and easy to manage as possible.

Google’s Chromebooks are now taking over US schools from Microsoft. Caesar Sengupta, vice president of product management for Chromebooks, told Business Insider that over 22% of the school districts in the U.S. are now using Google Chromebook.

That’s a huge number when we look at the declining sales of Windows PCs. Google invested heavily in the ‘Back to School’ campaign and sold over 175,000 units in the 10 weeks of June 30- Sept.

Google has emerged as a very powerful player in the PC segment. Unlike Microsoft it is also pushing for better hardware. After Apple Google was the first player to offer ‘retina’ plus display.

The rise of Chromebooks is going to be the greatest challenge for the new CEO which will take over Microsoft.

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Will 2014 be the year of Linux, finally?

Swapnil Bhartiya

A free software fund-a-mental-ist and Charles Bukowski fan, Swapnil also writes fiction and tries to find cracks in the paper armours of proprietary companies. Swapnil has been covering Linux and Free Software/Open Source since 2005.

20 Comments

  1. Hello! There isn’t need to any expections like “year of linux”. The year 2010 was the year when Linux conquered the markets of end user devices. After that, it is the era of Linux.

    • Since 2010, it has been the year of Linux on everything BUT the desktop. 2014 seems to be “the year of Linux Desktop™”

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