Are Chromebooks Microsoft's Biggest Threat?

With PC sales continuing to slide, NPD Group is reporting that Google (NASDAQ: GOOGL  ) Chromebook sales represented 25% to 30% of PC sales below $300 in the first quarter. Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT  ) , which has clearly felt the pinch of lagging PC sales, has been focused on the tablet market to find a new source of growth. With Chromebooks becoming the fastest-growing segment in the PC space, this is bad news for Microsoft. Google continues to improve on the Chrome OS, making it an ever-imposing contender.

In the following interview with the Fool's Alison Southwick, Fool.com contributor Doug Ehrman discusses the importance of the Chromebook segment and why Microsoft should be worried.

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  • Report this Comment On August 01, 2013, at 11:16 AM, AG4IT wrote:

    Chromebooks got off to a rocky start when they were first released, but Google has finally started to get the Chromebook concept message across to more and more manufacturers, retailers, analysts and users.

    But what about Chromebook users that need to access Windows applications like Microsoft office? They can try products like Ericom AccessNow, an HTML5 RDP solution that enables Chromebook users to connect to Terminal Servers and/or VDI virtual desktops, and run Windows applications or desktops in a browser tab.

    There's nothing to install on the Chromebook, so AcccessNow is easy to deploy and manage.

    For an online, interactive demo, open your Chrome browser and visit:

    http://www.ericom.com/demo_AccessNow.asp?URL_ID=708

    Please note that I work for Ericom

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