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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 invidious on 1/28/2013 1:26:31 PM , Rating: 2
Assuming that you actually have 70 applications... How is side scrolling through 70 metro tiles easier then immediately jumping to what you want on an alphabatized list in the programs menu of your start menu.

If anything desktop metro makes the most sense if you only have a handful of applications that all fit on one metro screen.

For a power user, spending money to switch a casual/mobile oriented OS just makes no sense. If it was free I "MIGHT" switch, at $$$ don't make me laugh.


RE: Surprising
By Mint on 1/28/2013 1:44:14 PM , Rating: 1
If you have <70 applications, you can fit them all on one screen without any scrolling. Cheap 1080p monitors will allow up to 6 rows and 12-14 columns (depending on spacers) visible at once:
http://blogs.msdn.com/cfs-file.ashx/__key/communit...
Higher res will allow even more.

What's immediate about the win7 start menu? It needs multiple clicks and scrolling to start a program. For most people, Win8 needs only one click and no scrolling . People like you keep saying that it's no good for a power user yet keep failing to give a reason why.

Try again.


RE: Surprising
By inighthawki on 1/28/2013 4:48:49 PM , Rating: 2
Win+Q. Done


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