It appears Microsoft has finally admitted to itself that the Google Chromebook laptops are a real threat that could damage the Windows business more than how it is already damaged due to Windows 8. In light of Google's onslaught on Microsoft's core business, the company is hoping to keep ahead by having its partners release cheap Windows-based devices.
To fend off this latest threat, Microsoft is aiming to pull off the same tactic it did against Linux operating systems on Netbooks in the past. The company announced a plan with its partners to launch a $199 laptop that is designed to compete with Chromebooks, and a surprisingly $99 tablet that is designed to compete with cheap Android-based tablets that are flooding the market all over the world.
The $199 laptop is HP made, though Microsoft COO Kevin Turner, did not state the specifications of the device, only that we should see it just time for the holidays.
Furthermore, he mentioned that Acer and Toshiba will launch new laptops for just $249. The Acer device comes with a 15.6-inch display, 2.16GHz Intel Celeron processor, 4GB of RAM, 500GB hard drive, and Windows 8. On the matter of the Toshiba device, it is expected to launch with an 11.6-inch display, 32GB SSD drive, and weighs around 2.4 pounds.