Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT) is soon going to launch cheaper Windows 10 laptops in the market to compete with the ever-growing sales of the Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) Chromebooks. Report suggests that the company is going to launch Windows 10 machines for as little as $149 or Rs. 10,000.
Microsoft is expected to launch this notebook with the low power Intel Bay Trail platform, and with an 11.6-inch screen. Chromebook, however, comes in two different sizes, 13-inch and 15-inch for almost the same price. Recently, Google even bumped the specifications of the existing Chromebooks that work on the Intel Celeron processors. Chromebook offer free 100 GB of cloud storage for the users to upload their files and access them anywhere.
Google Chromebooks might have worried the Microsoft, however, it cannot be considered a bigger threat to the Redmond giant as the company already has a large Windows user base. However, Microsoft $149 can put more competition in the realm of cheaper laptops.
Microsoft sub $150 laptop can now become a serious issue for the Chromebooks, as these Google laptops run on an operating system, which is light years behind the Windows operating system. Chrome OS is more of a cloud OS and works similar to an Android smartphone. You can find the same store to download the apps and a cloud connectivity. To use a Chromebook, one need to be connected to the Internet all the time.
However, in the case of Windows, the operating system offers more productivity and expandability options. Windows operating system is best known for its support, user interface and powerful kernel. It is an operating system that runs on more than 90% of the computers worldwide and is designed to handle any task that is thrown at it.
Microsoft makes the Windows stand out of the crowd with the different set of applications such as Microsoft Office and more for the achieving higher productivity; Chrome OS is still not there with it.
We believe that Microsoft with its Windows 10 is going to push the limits, and will set bar for the other operating systems in the industry. Redmond giant is less likely to fail, however if it fails then the company might lose its market to other competing giants, including Google.
Microsoft is already putting a lot of effort by adding industry grade features, and is going to launch several versions that will even run on the open source hardware such as Raspberry Pi. With Pi running the ARM build of the Windows 10 — that is totally free of cost, company is expected to expand the reach and availability of Windows 10. Not only it will attract more users but will also help schools and institutes in remote areas with advanced technologies and friendly environment of Windows to learn more about computers.