In Pictures: 8 reasons why Chromebooks aren’t going away

t’s been more than two years since the first Chromebooks went on sale. They certainly haven’t taken the world by storm and there have been varying opinions and doubts about the viability of this notebook platform that runs Chrome OS. But Chromebooks are still alive and may be sticking around for a while. Here are 8 reasons why:

They are gaining market share Definitive numbers of Chromebooks sold over the last two years remain a mystery. One report in March claimed less than 500,000 units had been sold. Another report concluded that sales were running far below Windows RT, which has been written off as a dud for Microsoft. But it all depends on how you define failure or success. It was also recently reported that Chromebooks have taken a 20-to-25 percent share of the market for under-$300 notebooks. Another report predicted shipments would double or triple in the second half of 2013 when Acer, HP, Lenovo and Samsung are expected to release new models.

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