Microsoft taking aim at Google’s Chromebook with a Windows 10-based laptop that will cost just $149

Microsoft taking aim at Google’s Chromebook with a Windows 10-based laptop that will cost just $149
Chromebooks have been a selective hit, mostly due to their very low price points (Chromebook Pixel notwithstanding).

Of course, given that these are ostensibly low-cost laptop designs armed with a light OS interface where all the “apps” operate via a browser, there is not much there to inflate the cost very much. The trade-off is that to get the most out of a Chromebook, a user needs to be connected to the internet much of the time.

Coupled with some of the features that Google’s free services lack when compared to what would be a Microsoft Office counterpart, it is understandable that Chromebooks are facing tough competition. However, that does not mean Microsoft is not taking Chromebooks and Chrome OS seriously.

The biggest attractions to Chromebooks are the price and performance. For anywhere between $200 and $250 you can get a device that will meet most common computing needs, and Chromebooks generally start-up in less than 10 seconds.

Ultrabooks running Windows have been getting faster at starting up, but it is not easy finding full featured Windows machines at such low price points. Thanks in part of Intel’s new Bay Trail CPUs, Microsoft is leveraging that technology with the global presence that Chromebooks do not have to great a couple new Windows 10 laptops that will start at only $149.

Reportedly, two of these mobile machines are in the works, both will feature 11.6-inch displays and will be released the middle of this year. One of the new Windows devices will be distributed through education focused sales channels and will cost roughly $179. The consumer focused laptop will start at $149.

Microsoft is bent on preventing Chromebooks from having the impact in developing markets the way they did in various education arenas in the United States. As Google expands the Chrome OS line up, Microsoft is expected to match the moves to some degree.

All this depends on Windows 10 scoring, well, a “ten,” and being better received than the initial roll out of Windows 8. How about it? Have you been wrangling with a decision of a Chromebook or Windows device?

sources: DigiTimes via Forbes

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54 Comments

1. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

So far, Indian ceo knows how to run a company.......

6. seven7dust unregistered

but this is a nightmare for dell/hp etc.... chinese will be all over this.

9. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Why....the one offers something more premium and the other offers something really cheap.

44. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

My HP Stream 7 for 70 bucks and a free year of office says otherwise. Love the little guy. And for me get tons of use having a full OS.

2. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

been waiting for Microsoft to make a move like this.

4. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Good move by Microsoft. I have use Chrome and their web apps quite extensively so as to keep my windows 8.1 setup fast and snappy. Installing too many large application will clog up the system registry and reduce the windows system performances. Still, I think a lot of user will welcome cheaper Windows system and its familiarity.

5. cdm283813

Posts: 424; Member since: Jan 10, 2015

It's not only Chromebooks but iPad is doomed in the education sector if this takes off. Maybe Microsoft should release a $300 Windows 10 phone flagship. Price is the only thing that can put them back in the game.

7. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

I still don't understand why anyone would buy a chrome book. I use one, (I didn't want it), and it is HORRIBLE. It runs nothing, all you have is chrome, the desktop is completely pointless, and includes no alternatives to the programs that are preinstalled. This is a great move by Microsoft, making the chrome books even more worthless than they already are.

8. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Even Google employees uses Macbooks.

11. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

They probably run windows anyway. There is no shot of them doing anything on the chrome book. No shot.

15. TerryTerius unregistered

Let me edit that. "Even google employees use MacBooks running Linux." Thought I should clarify.

18. ePoch270

Posts: 193; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

Quite a few of them use a modified Ubuntu OS. Some on PC, some on MBP and even seen it on a Chromebook.

10. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3137; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

More worthless than they are now? Is that even possible?

12. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

I didn't think it was possible either. But it has happened.

24. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I don't use Chrome Book but I use Chrome and their Google Doc, Sheet and Slides. I don't like to install Office into my WIndows as it will affect my Notebook performance. I do find Chrome and its apps to be an elegant solution to WIndows steady year by year performance degradation due to Microsoft patches and other bloats. So I understand why some people will buy Chrome book because its does the job, its cheap and its stable even after years of usages. In fact i choose Google Doc over Office Word even when i have one install in both my Office Macbook and VMware Windows. Sweet!

45. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

I have tried google docs sadly we get lots of formatting complaints, i like that it is snappy and quick, but with the complaints we might as just well use Office, here is hoping the new office apps will be snappier.

13. Arthurhkt

Posts: 723; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

I wonder that too, but mostly it will be price factor, people buying it because of their budget, they are looking for a laptop which can help them connect to the internet that all. But as for us.... It is still better to get a full Windows, OS X or Linux.

19. Awalker

Posts: 1977; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

If you're heavily into Google services then the Chromebook is a great machine. You can also install any Android app but there's a catch - you need a Windows machine to accomplish it.

14. Awalker

Posts: 1977; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

I have a HP Chromebook and it would totally replace my Windows laptop if the screen wasn't so bad. All the things I do on my Windows laptop I can do on my Chromebook.

16. ePoch270

Posts: 193; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

I use a chromebook every day(Toshiba CB2). Its great. There is nothing I've needed it to do that it cannot do. Netflix, Amazon Prime, email , web browse, import photos to drive/dropbox, transer fmaily photos to usb 3.0 external hdd, write code, edit photos. Its very fast, doesn't lag, screen is AWESOME (as good as the MBP I have at work, which I don't care for). Kids use it for homework (web based school portal and drive). So THAT is one someone woild buy one. I got mine for 279 at BB. If you need something more than what I listed, then ok, no chrome book for you. But 99% of people can do 95% of what they need. Its certainly great laptop for families around the house.

20. Scott93274

Posts: 6033; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I love mine as well. It's just so fast & convenient. I will still stick with Windows for work and productivity applications (You still cannot beat MS Office), but for personal use, I'm convinced that Chrome OS is the way to go.

21. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

But I don't understand why you would limit yourself that much, when you can get a windows for the exact same price. Yeah, I could use the web for most things. But on a chrome book, only in chrome. On my windows, I can use IE, Firefox, chrome, Opera, or safari. And I could get even more browsers. I can watch a video on my chrome book, with the built in video player. On my windows, I could use the built in one, or I could get VLC players. Or the thousands of others. Or on windows 8, I could use the many apps there are for these things, such as Netflix and Hulu, which are optimized for touch. That's another thing. It's not optimized for touch at all, the direction in which everything is going. And the chrome book isn't very fast. My i3 destroys it in chrome, nevermind other browsers. It's actually pretty slow. I could go on and on, but I am going to shorten it to this one sentence: Everything you can do on a chrome book, you can do on a windows with way more options.

22. Scott93274

Posts: 6033; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I'm a Systems Super User for a rather large distribution center. Believe me when I say that Chrome books are the greatest thing to come out in the tech world in a long long time. The things just work, there's no wondering why videos won't play because Adobe Flash Player is out of date, there's no worrying about viruses, They're fast, they're simple and straight forward. Of course they're limited in what you can do with them, but for the majority of people out there's it's enough and will leave them with a positive experience. If my company actually chose to go with Chrome OS then it would make my job that much easier. As for touch interface, the professional world using productivity applications like MS office is not heading in the touch screen interface direction. If anything, it's fighting against the industry's movement to touch displays.

23. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

First off, they are the very worst thing to happen to the tech industry. They are reinforcing the walled garden aspect to an extreme. Even worse than IOS. I find this very ironic, as google makes android, the exact opposite, and its fans keep bragging about this aspect of the OS. I have never had to update flash in windows 8. And viruses will get to them eventually, as all OSs do. That's just a myth, just as saying Macs don't get viruses. They will just get less. And you aren't just limited, it is extremely limited. The walled garden. No other browsers. At one point, I had five browsers on my laptop. And for touch interface, most people like that. It's great for most people.

25. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3137; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

The only real issue I have with any touch display is palm rejection. When working with a stylus it's very uncomfortable to keep your hand off the screen for very long. I keep an old TC1100 on Windows 7 just as a notepad because of the Wacom-based digitizer. If I need to do extended work I just slap on the keyboard and it's a notebook.

27. Scott93274

Posts: 6033; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Please do not make the mistake of assuming that your opinion is shared by the majority of the market. Windows 8 is one of the most disliked versions of Windows, maybe even more so than ME and Vista. People do not want the touch interface for their home PCs, this is blatantly obvious with the countless articles littered all about the internet regarding the plummeting PC sales sense the release of the OS. Compare the previews of Windows 10 to Windows 8, it's easy to see that Microsoft is backtracking their GUI away from the Metro touch interface. If you have 5 browsers on your computer then that's awesome, you apparently have no issue with redundancy. But hey, if you're a fan of having absolutely 0 restriction on what you can do with a computer then I would like you to know that it's super easy to install Ubuntu or other Linux flavors onto your Chrome OS device, you can even run it from within the browser window with actually make it far more versatile than a Windows PC. Frankly I love the fact that with Chrome OS, I can log into anyone's Chromebook or Chromebox and my desktop, my files, my web apps are always there, always the way I want them to be. After using the Windows OS since Windows 98, I can easily say that Google's OS does what it dose far better than what Microsoft's offerings have ever been able to do.

35. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

I hope you realize all the "plummeting PC sales" only count traditional setups. This doesn't include hybrids, which windows 8 would be better on. Also more people build their own PCs as well. And having 5 browsers isn't redundancy. It's called having options.

39. Scott93274

Posts: 6033; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Alright Mr. know it all. Seeing as you know everything and the rest of us are wrong, why don't you take the time and effort to provide us with a link from a legitimate source showing that the horrid PC sales figures only account for non touch screen devices, and that they hybrid devices have strong sales. Key words being "legitimate source". Also, I'll have you know that I've built my last three towers. I find it fun, my latest is running Windows 7, and I like it very much. But Google Chrome OS just gives the user a better experience. It's fast, stable, intuitive, effortless. I wouldn't use Chrome OS for gaming, but that's one actual reason why I hold onto my Windows computer with it's i7 processor, 16GB of RAM and 240GB SSD. Everything else, Chrome has me covered.

29. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

theguy2345, you think its the worst because you are struck with WIndows ways of doing things. I am willing and able to learn the best way and Google Doc/Slides cloud integration, allow my documents to be always available to me regardless of what hardware is available to me. I could log in into my friend notebook/tablet/mobile phone and start working on my document and present it at a moment notice. This is the new way of doing things. I don't have to tell anyone I forgot to bring my notebook, tablet or mobile phone. Just a google account i can get work done. All this power is thanks to industries supporting an open standard called HTML5

33. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

I hope you realize in the new versions of office, you can save everything to the cloud, then access it everywhere. I do it all the time. I start it in office, and I can access it on my phone, or on a different computer, even if it doesn't have office (office online)

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