Originally Posted by gumbi
Google has a dominate market position. They are now using that to pressure at least one OEM (if the story is even true) into not allowing a competitors OS on the same device. Same situation, same rules should apply.
While one could agree that Google has a dominate market position, that position is not in the Intel based laptop market. This story makes no sense, unless ASUS is willing to bleed money on this line of laptop from unsold inventory. They would be better off pulling it completely, because it simply is uncompetitive with other laptops which are almost as expensive but are pre-integrated to run Windows.
If I was in product marketing in this market, which I am not, it would seem to me the first question that needs answering is.
#1 Who is going to be our customer for this product?
A. People who don't need or want Windows but still want a slim laptop.
B. People who need to run Windows apps and want a slim laptop
C. We have no idea, throw a net and hope for both.
You then pick components which meet your requirements. For example, for Windows app you are gonna need Intel HW. This is more expensive than ARM HW, but you must pick it if you want to run Windows apps well. So you can see right away, you are not gonna compete purely on price against ARM based laptops. Right? People who would buy your more expensive product, NEED to run Windows Apps and are willing to pay for it. Other than Linux fans, who will just scrub both Windows and ChromeOS from an Intel based laptop, just who does ASUS think they are going to sell a more expensive slim Intel based ChromeOS laptop to when their competitors are offering cheaper ARM based ChromeOS laptops or similarly priced slip laptop which already can pre-integrated with Windows?
Someone please explain this to me, because it makes zero sense to me and as a result this story smells like horse shit. If it is a laptop, has intel HW inside and is not pre-integrated with Windows, I think you are best to pull the plug on it as it will be DOA. (unless you are Apple, of course). It most likely that anyone who is looking to buy a ChromeOS slim laptop and isn't interested be scrubing ChromeOS as soon as they buy it, does NOT need the added expensive of Intel HW. As far as I can tell, ChromeOS runs just fine on cheaper ARM HW and has better battery life as a bonus.Edited by snova - 3/7/14 at 1:36pm