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Chromebooks charge into business market, capture 20% of commercial notebooks

Mark Hachman | Jan. 2, 2014
Sales of Chromebooks exploded from basically nothing in 2012 to more than 20 percent of the U.S. commercial PC market, analyst firm NPD reported on Monday, while Windows PCs and Macs remained flat at best.

As proof, NPD offered its vendor sales rankings, featuring familiar names such as HP and Lenovo. But in fourth place, and closing, is Samsung, whose embrace of Chromebooks and tablets alike propelled it into the top four with 678 percent growth.

With businesses and consumers alike turning more and more to the Web for work, the low price of Chromebooks has obviously attracted an interest customer base—and, more importantly, validated Chromebooks as a tool for business—overheating charging cords aside. If the trend continues, Windows notebooks won't just have to fend off tablets, but Google as well.


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