Microsoft is going to war with Google’s Chromebooks. The Windows OS maker has announced that it is working with its hardware partners to ship low-cost Windows 8 laptops in time for the holidays that will take on Google’s Chrome-powered systems. The Windows-based laptops, which will come from the likes of Acer, HP and Toshiba, will reportedly sell for between $199 and $250, with smaller models going for as little as $99.
At the company’s Worldwide Partner Conference, Microsoft COO told the audience that HP will release a new line of laptops called “Stream” PCs that run Windows and sell for $199. Further, COO went on to add that HP will eventually release 7 and 8-inch versions for just $99. However, Microsoft didn’t reveal any specs for HP’s ultra low-cost laptops.
Google’s Chromebooks, which are made by Acer, HP, Samsung and Toshiba, generally cost between $199 and $249. Beyond their operating systems, the difference between Windows laptops and Chromebooks is that the former let you access all of your software without a Web connection. Chromebooks, on the other hand, sport many apps that are only accessible while you are online. Google is trying to address this with new offline apps.
Chromebooks vs Windows Laptops – a comparison
A Chromebook is for surfing the web and using web apps.
A Windows laptop is for surfing the web and using web apps. And getting things done with Microsoft Office, connecting to workplace networks, using rich tools to edit your photos and videos online and offline, calling your friend with Skype, saving your resume to either OneDrive or your desktop, downloading games from the Windows Store, using both the Start screen and the familiar Windows desktop, organizing your files on your laptop for easy access even when you’re offline, working both online and offline, using iTunes and Photoshop, and countless other things you get only with a full-powered PC.
If Microsoft is smart, though, it will ensure that these low-cost PCs are powerful enough for most users’ daily tasks.