So yesterday Google does a presser on their coming Chrome OS ("chromestellation") netbook. Buried away, and rarely reported, Google's Sundar Pichai says ...
Q: Do you know what this Chrome OS netbooks will cost?Huh?
SP: You will hear that from our partners. They will be in the price range that people are used to for netbooks today. But it’s hard to predict a year from now. Also remember, they will be bigger.
The price range people are used to netbooks today?!
Who cares about "bigger", we want cheap, cheap, cheap! We want that sucker under $150 (battery extra).
Not everyone heard Mr. Pichai ...
... ChromeOS may not be powerful, it may not play Far Cry and it may not run Microsoft Office but it’s a game changer. The underpowered laptops that limped along under Vista, XP, or 7 will fly under a new ChromeOS regime and thin-and-light laptops will fall below the vaunted $199 mark as the so-called “Microsoft Tax” – basically the small cost manufacturers pay for OEM licenses – disappears."..The XP tax, by the way, is less than $25.
If Google intends to sell a Netbook at $400 then Microsoft can relax.
I hate being wrong.