Chrome OS’ gains, Windows 8’s pains

The blame game for Windows 8’s market failure has already started. Microsoft blames OEMs. OEMs blame Microsoft. The bottom line is that Windows 8 has sunk below Vista levels of failure. The surprising winner in all this? Google’s Linux-based Chrome OS.

I thought Chrome OS had a shot at the big-time. I didn’t expect it a major PC OEM, Acer, to introduce a Chromebook in late 2012 and a few months later have it account for 5 to 10% of its US shipments. At the same time, as Acer CEO Jim Wong said “Windows 8 itself is still not successful.

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