"MicrosoftMSFT -0.77% has a new online video bashing GoogleGOOG +1.19%’s bare-bones Chromebook laptops, which barely register in PC sales rankings. Why is Microsoft bothering?
"Beyond its ongoing rivalry with Google, Microsoft’s effort may reflect pockets of popularity for Chromebooks at some schools and companies. Businesses are Microsoft’s strength and its biggest source of profits. Educational-testing company Kaplan has said it uses Chromebooks for its call centers, and healthcare chain Mollen said it put Chromebooks in more than 4,000 clinics.
"The anti-Chromebook effort spotlights how Microsoft is grappling with competition in areas where for years it held a virtual monopoly.
"Some corporate-technology officials and analysts say Chromebooks are catching on for some road-warrior workers, retail-sales employees and other business users that can make do with limited computing features.
" “Windows PCs aren’t going anywhere,” said Forrester Research analyst J.P. Gownder. “But for some use cases at some companies, Chromebooks fill a legitimate niche.”
"Microsoft did not respond to requests for comment."
The generic shillbot has some basic gaps in its model of reality, which show up in every variant, no matter what its profile is. There is no concept of a *fact* or a *statistic*, and no notion of *quotation*.
I didn't leave anything out, stupid, I was quoting from a published article. If you have a complaint, complain to the author of the article.
The usual softie shill nonsense. There are regulations governing how government contracts are awarded.
Reading your body language, as it were, I detect that you and the Microsoft management behind you are seriously worried about the threat to your cash cow from Google. So far the damage is slight, but it will continue to grow, and as news of it becomes public, you will hear about it from me and others.