Many may Knock Chromebooks, but the Google developed project has gained momentum. According to the NPD group reports Chromebooks represented 9.6 percent of all computing devices sold in the United States. Microsoft notebooks lost 8.8 percent of the market, while apple lost .8 percent. Chrome OS is growing within businesses and schools.
“The market for personal computing devices in commercial markets continues to shift and change,” said Stephen Baker, vice president of industry analysis, NPD. “New products like Chromebooks, and reimagined items like Windows tablets, are now supplementing the revitalization that iPads started in personal computing devices. It is no accident that we are seeing the fruits of this change in the commercial markets as business and institutional buyers exploit the flexibility inherent in the new range of choices now open to them.”
Chromebooks may be taking some market share from Microsoft, but Microsoft is not taking kindly. They’ve launched a marketing campaign, scroogle, to highlight how Google is more or less screwing you over. Microsoft has claimed the laptops are not “real laptops,” but sales say otherwise. Amazon top selling laptops are made up of Chromebooks in the top 3, and BestBuy reports the Chromebooks are top selling too. 2014 should be a good year for Chrome OS with more laptops from more manufacturers.