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Chrome makes up as much as 10% of Acer's US sales

Acer has been having a difficult time in the computer market over the last several quarters, and has posted consecutive annual losses. Acer also announced during its latest quarterly report that it had taken $120 million write-off due to the declining value of Gateway, Packard Bell, and eMachines-branded computers.

Despite these troubles, the company is touting strong sales of its Chromebooks that use Google’s Chrome OS, while still talking negatively about Windows 8.

Acer says that notebooks running Chrome OS account for 5 to 10% of its U.S. shipments since the machines were released here in November. Acer President Jim Wong said that he expects the ratio of Chrome sales to be sustainable in the long term. He also said that the company is considering offering additional Chrome OS models in other developed markets.

Acer C7 Chromebook

Acer and many other computer makers are looking for alternatives to the Windows operating system because consumers continue to stick with older versions of the operating system rather than upgrade to the latest version.

“Windows 8 itself is still not successful,” said Wong. “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.”
Wong criticized Windows 8 earlier this month alleging that Microsoft was getting marketing for its new operating system wrong.

Source: Bloomberg

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RE: Surprising
By Argon18 on 1/28/2013 1:20:23 PM , Rating: 2
People have an established work flow. When you radically change that workflow, with no perceivable benefit, that's a downgrade. People will modify their workflow if there's something to be gained, some sort of benefit, but Windows8 is simply change for its own sake. Change for its own sake is idiotic and nobody likes it. Like the "ribbon" in the Office apps.

RE: Surprising
By Jeffk464 on 1/28/2013 3:29:25 PM , Rating: 2
Win8 is not entirely pointless. Metro is a decent UI for tablets and has nice similarities to windows phone. The question is will people leave android and iOS for microsoft based devices? For desktops and laptops it really isn't an improved UI in my opinion, so pointless.

RE: Surprising
By Unspoken Thought on 1/28/2013 9:12:04 PM , Rating: 2
I find using a multi-gesture track pad on a laptop allows me to access the Windows 8 interface fairly easily.

I can also see touch based laptops taking advantage of the Modern interface, especially convertibles.

RE: Surprising
By Jeffk464 on 1/28/2013 10:40:11 PM , Rating: 2
I for one can't switch from android to windows phone, its all about the apps. There are a few apps I absolutely need for work and windows phone doesn't have them.

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