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Another PC Maker Betrays Microsoft

Even the few remaining optimists who believe the PC isn't dead have to admit the old boy is breathing heavy. Another Asian manufacturer, Asus, recently inked a deal with Google (NASDAQ: GOOGL  ) to manufacture a Chromebook later this year.

Chromebooks haven't caught on as fast as Google would like. But then again, neither has Microsoft's (NASDAQ: MSFT  ) Windows 8 operating system, says Tim Beyers of Motley Fool Rule Breakers and Motley Fool Supernova in the following video. At least one PC manufacturer, Acer, said Chromebooks accounted for between 5% and 10% of Q4 sales and that, as a product category, Windows 8 machines were "not successful" as of January.

Industry trends aren't the only factor here. According to trade magazine Computerworld,  Asus saw a fivefold increase in Android tablet shipments in the first quarter. Only the clinically unconscious wouldn't make a move to build more devices for Google's zero-cost operating systems after seeing numbers like that.

Do you agree? Please watch the video to get Tim's full take, and then let us know if you've tried using a Chromebook, and if so, what you thought of it.

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  • Report this Comment On May 15, 2013, at 6:55 PM, GameBot wrote:

    >>>Chromebooks haven't caught on as fast as Google would like. But then again, neither has Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system, says Tim Beyers <<<

    Now I have to stop you right there.

    Just stop, that is as close to twisting the true and not telling a lie as one can get.

    Chromebook usage data proves 100%, it proves completely that Chrome OS is UNDER 0.2%.

    You understand, despite the hype and the talk, Chrome OS usage is so low as to be bundled into a group that make up 2/10ths of 1%.

    WIndows 8 is documented OVER 100 million copies, (confirmed over 100 M and using the industry standard method of counting sales, )

    And you have the nerve to pretend they can be in the same conversation? Really please get a grip stop your nonsense.

    Asus , is simply hedging and doing Google a solid and in return expects google to play nice .

    Please wake yourself up .

  • Report this Comment On May 15, 2013, at 9:02 PM, SRNoyes wrote:

    ChromeOS is a market disaster and there is no other way to call it. When will the tech industry and Google worshiping analysts wake up and call a spade a spade. In the US, ChromeOS has a 0.06% web share. Worldwide it is 0.02%. These numbers are getting smaller each month.

  • Report this Comment On May 15, 2013, at 9:04 PM, PaulApp wrote:

    Windows 8! Why upgrade when older operating system Windows 7 is better! Then again Windows XP is the best!

  • Report this Comment On May 15, 2013, at 9:11 PM, constructive wrote:

    If Windows 8 machines are "not successful", what does that make Chromebooks?

  • Report this Comment On May 15, 2013, at 9:18 PM, RLeB wrote:

    You guys keep predicting the death of the PC, but the situation is more complex than that.

    What I am seeing is that a lot of "light weight" PC users who mainly did email, games, and social networking didn't really need all the capabilities of a PC and for them, the tablets are handier devices to use. So, perhaps the PC market will shrink back away from the "light weight" market and become smaller because those people don't need all the PC functionality. But there are still a lot of us, including a lot of heavier duty business functions who need the PC capabilities.

    I think the tablets are cute, but I'm not very interested in what they do best. I'm more interested in the many things I use my PC for that tablets can't do at all, or do very poorly. Don't underestimate the "heavy duty" user market. It is not going away.

  • Report this Comment On May 15, 2013, at 9:32 PM, erickpj wrote:

    I don't think that the PC market is going to die. it is just going to become a tool for those that need it. People editing photos, videos, hardcore gamers will still keep the market alive but it will only be a fraction of what it was because your average user only needed email and internet access and they can now do that on their phone or on tables that offer a more portable option than laptops. no one used computer except the few tech savvy people used them. as the internet exploded, everyone started using desktops. then as laptop became more affordable, they became the computer of choice, etc. this is just part of evolution.

  • Report this Comment On May 15, 2013, at 10:01 PM, UntitledUser wrote:

    PC will stay in this generation. example here in Philippines. a third world country, most cant even afford a $500 pc or laptop. But we have a lot of computer shop/net cafe which uses Windows for gaming and surfing, In fact one of my friend opened a net cafe, he bought 30 Pc's running Windows 7. and there's thousands of Net Cafe here. and all using Windows

  • Report this Comment On May 15, 2013, at 11:06 PM, xgboix wrote:

    I have 2 computers with windows 8 on it I don't have chrome.

    Our office has 15 pcs with windows 7 and 3 windows 8 but no chrome

    this article doesn't add up

  • Report this Comment On May 15, 2013, at 11:06 PM, nunu4 wrote:

    yeah, its called motley fool that betrayed microsoft! ya guys are so anti_microsoft.

  • Report this Comment On May 15, 2013, at 11:17 PM, yahoouser4529 wrote:

    Being a mathematician I must say that the specialized software I have to use will only work on windows operating system. It won't work at all on tablet , cell or chromebook . such software has a 4 digit price and requires real heavy duty computer processing capabilities. Windows operating system is very much a necessity

  • Report this Comment On May 16, 2013, at 12:51 AM, normcf wrote:

    It doesn't cost very much to repurpose an existing design to run ChromeOS, so it seems an easy decision to give your buyers a choice.

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