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Microsoft lists reasons why not to buy a Google Chromebook

Microsoft lists reasons why not to buy a Google Chromebook

A video posted on Scroogled.com calls the Google Chromebook essentially a brick when not connected to the Internet.

New Delhi: Microsoft is obviously worried about Google entering the PC business with Chrome OS and in the latest 'Scroogled' attack on its rival Microsoft is targeting the Google Chromebook.

Scroogled is a long-running anti-Google campaign by Microsoft that attempts to highlight the wrongs its competitor is doing.

A video posted on Scroogled.com calls the Google Chromebook essentially a brick when not connected to the Internet and also highlights reviews by tech experts critical of the Chromebook.

In an email to Scroogled.com email subscribers, Microsoft lists four reasons why consumers shouldn't be looking at the Google Chromebook as a real laptop replacement. Here's what Microsoft has to say:

"- Chromebooks can't run Windows or install any important Windows programs like Microsoft Office, Skype, iTunes or Photoshop, or any of the latest PC games like Call of Duty or Minecraft.

- Chromebooks can't connect & sync with the common devices you use every day. There's no way to make a Chromebook sync with many smartphones or camera software, or print through a local printer.

- Chromebooks can't do much of anything when they're not online. You can't even do basic things like edit your Google Calendar, work on Google spreadsheets, or print when you're not connected to the internet.

One more thing: By default, Chromebooks run Google's services to track what you do online. That includes reading through every word of every Gmail or Gchat you send or receive to target you with ads. When you print, the Chromebook is set up to send your documents through Google's servers. Using Google Docs? These are sent through Google's servers as well."

Google Chromebooks are now also available in India.

Many reviewers agree that the Google Chromebook cannot yet replace your primary device.

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first published:November 28, 2013, 06:27 IST