Chromebooks vs Windows 10 Laptops: Competition Brewing, Windows 10 Free … – Venture Capital Post
From the looks of it, PC Sales seem on the rebound this 2015, much better than 2014 which saw shipment decline by 4.7 percent in comparison to 2013 according to IDC.
Such a sales bump could be attributed to one contributing factor, the apparent heavyweight slugfest between ChromeBooks and Microsoft Windows 10 laptops. To a large extent, these two key players help stop the bleeding in a PC market that has steadily experienced continuous decline over the years.
To a large extent Chromebooks have already made its mark appearing in Amazon Bestseller list since last year but the entry of the much-ballyhoed Windows OS upgrade could be a game-changer.
Plugging the Hole
To boot, Windows 10 is aimed to address complaints raised against Windows 8 as apparent on its preview version, IDC senior research analyst Jay Chou details as reported on PC World.
Another strong move from Microsoft is its decision to give the Windows 10 OS for free to Windows 7 and 8.1 users possibly making the upgrade software the rallying point for all Windows users.
And more importantly, it will be available both for genuine and pirated software making the upgrade more encompassing.
“Anyone with a qualified device can upgrade to Windows 10, including those with pirated copies of Windows,” a Microsoft spokesperson revealed to The Verge adding “We believe customers over time will realise the value of properly licensing Windows and we will make it easy for them to move to legitimate copies.”
Now that should lay the groundwork for a massive market share in the future and put Windows 10 laptops at the forefront of PC sales – not if Chromebooks can’t help it.
If things go as planned, the Windows upgrade is set to launch globally into 190 countries this summer.
Chromebooks noted for their affordability have caught on helping PC shipment in the fourth quarter of last year.
Geared towards education Chromebooks and its web-based computing appeal have become popular for students – sparking heightened sales for a lot of consumers during the holiday rush.
Worldwide, PC shipments posted 80.8 million units during the fourth quarter alone – IDC data showed, a decline of 2.1 percent in comparison to sales of the same quarter last year. Of that sales, laptops accounted for about 50 – 55% of total shipments, of which roughly 4 to 6% were taken up by Chromebooks.
Recently, Microsoft is fighting the price wars against the Chrome OS rolling out their own version of low-cost laptops and desktops which run on Windows 8.1 with Bing. To add more bang for their buck, these builds were licensed but at no cost to the users.
As it turns out, these low-cost Windows-based laptops carry but minimal storage and would serve the need of people with lesser computing needs – mostly social media and web-surfing plus a little file storage.
The Windows 10 Promise: More Bang for Their Buck
Already, key features have been rumored to be part of the upcoming Windows 10 upgrade.
A strengthened security features a brand new authentication system Windows Hello that if it rolls out could replace passwords any time soon.
And its powerhouse feature, productivity software Excel, Word, Outlook are getting a more universal appeal through cross-platform capabilities as unveiled the recent MWC (Mobile World Congress).
Using a Lumia 640 XL and Surface Pro 3 tablet, Nokia CEO Stephen Elop demonstrated how the novelty Outlook app will be capable of using Word, with all its complex editing prowess.
And that’s just for starters.
As the Windows 10 details are starting to unfold, it seems Google Inc. et al need to shore up its defenses some more with regards to Chromebooks.