If Microsoft Says Chromebooks Are a Con, It’s a Compliment to Chromebooks

Do you like Chromebooks?


Once again, Microsoft has launched a new fusillade in the anti-Google campaign it calls Scroogled. This one involves an attack on laptops based on Google’s Chromebook platform, and features a celebrity tie-in: a simulated episode of the History channel’s Pawn Stars in which Rick and the Old Man turn up their noses at a prospective customer’s Chromebook. You can watch the video above and see the supporting materials — including discussion of the things Windows PCs can do and Chromebooks can’t — here.

This is the first “Scroogled” bit that I enjoyed watching. It’s kind of clever. And I’d rather watch the Pawn Stars guys than the performers in Microsoft’s other “Scroogled” videos, who feel like characters in a negative ad produced on behalf of a politician I wouldn’t want to vote for.

And yet…

The Pawn Stars bit’s supplementary text refers to Chromebook “cons” and the…

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