In December 2012 I had a post about the coming rise of the Google Chomebook. It is starting to to look like the Chromebook is gaining traction.
Quoting from the article, “Chromebooks have in just the past eight months snagged 20 percent to 25 percent of the U.S. market for laptops that cost less than $300”. I think the sub $300 laptop is an important market – the alternative to a tablet. I see many households having both a tablet and a laptop – a tablet is great for casual internet browsing , and a cheap laptop is great for responding to emails or lightweight content creating (blog posts, writing news articles etc).
Is Windows 8 to blame for this? Perhaps consumers, faced with learning the new look Windows, are open to exploring alternatives to Windows. It will be interesting to watch to see if the Chromebook can continue to eat into the Windows dominance from the bottom up.