Windows 8 itself is still not successful. The whole market didn’t come back to growth after the Windows 8 launch, that’s a simple way to judge if it is successful or not.
I’ve watched Chrome with much interest over the years. While lately I’ve been generally harsh on a number of Google products, there’s still no doubt in my mind that when it comes to the browser — at least on the desktop — Google is winning. That’s a big part of why Chrome OS fascinates me.
Chrome OS is Google taking their best product and broadening its reach. The aim isn’t just to erase the stain that is Internet Explorer (which sure seems to be working), it’s to go after one of Microsoft’s legs: Windows. So far, it doesn’t appear to be working.
1. Gotta love Frank Shaw, Microsoft’s head of corporate comm. (Unless you’re Google, of course.)
2. It’s actually over 70%.
3. Holy shit, over 70% of the Android phones sold in the U.S. are now contributing money to Microsoft’s pockets. Microsoft, not Google.
4. Given the volume we’re talking about, Microsoft has to be making more from Android than from Windows Phone, right?
LG is the newest member of Microsoft’s patent protection posse. The most notable hold out? Motorola, which, of course, is in the process of being acquired by Google. That’s one way to avoid the fee, I guess.
Steve Ballmer is getting a lot of love today (the press builds you up to knock you down to build you up again). Whether you think it’s evil or evil genius on Microsoft’s part to pursue these agreements, Ballmer was right: Android is not free, you have to pay Microsoft to use it.
I wonder if there’s a point where this stops making sense for certain OEMs? Certainly, it makes sense for Samsung, which is doing very well with Android and is likely happy to avoid anymore patent lawsuit headaches lingering over them. But what about the others not doing so hot? If they’re going to pay Microsoft, shouldn’t they at least get something out of it? Like say, a license for Windows Phone? These are the questions.
The other aspect that isn’t talked about a lot: Chrome OS. It’s another free Google OS that you pay Microsoft to use.
Chrome OS has awesome, awesome potential.
The Cr-48 trackpad is one of the worst things I’ve ever had the privilege of using.
It should surprise absolutely no one that they’re not actually releasing this product. But it is surprising just how many people, namely press, that they’re sending it to. You can say “ignore the hardware” all you want, but it still is the crucial entry point. It almost ruins the entire thing. They should have just sent out Chrome OS loaded on some Eee PCs.
All that said, the battery life appears to be amazing. Better-than-MacBook-Air-amazing. Need to test it out more though. More to come on TechCrunch, I’m sure.