These figures rather surprised me as I jut hadn’t realised quite how much Chrome OS had penetrated the marketplace. Those Scroogled ads from Microsoft (MSFT) are now making more sense as a reaction to the very real threat that the operating system from Google (GOOG) offers. Of Amazon’s three best selling offerings in the field over the holidays two were Chromebooks. And we’ve near annual figures that show distinct market penetration:

The pared-down laptops powered by Google’s browser-based Chrome OS have surfaced this year as a threat to “Wintel,” the Microsoft-Intel (INTC) oligarchy that has dominated the personal-computer space for decades with Windows machines.

On Thursday, Amazon.com (AMZN) called out a pair of Chromebooks — one from Samsung, the other from Acer — as two of the three best-selling notebooks during the U.S. holiday season. The third: Asus’ Transformer Book, a Windows 8.1 “2-in-1″ device that transforms from a 10.1-in. tablet to a keyboard-equipped laptop.


It’s not just for Christmas either, the OS has been increasingly successful over the year:

Chromebooks’ holiday success at Amazon was duplicated elsewhere during the year, according to the NPD Group, which tracked U.S. PC sales to commercial buyers such as businesses, schools, government and other organizations.
By NPD’s tallies, Chromebooks accounted for 21% of all U.S. commercial notebook sales in 2013 through November, and 10% of all computers and tablets. Both shares were up massively from 2012; last year, Chromebooks accounted for an almost-invisible two-tenths of one percent of all computer and tablet sales.


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--jeremy