As we've reported, although market research findings have been very bleak for PCs and PC equipment makers, Chromebooks--portable computers based on Google's Chrome OS platform--have continued to sell well, and did especially well during the 2013 holiday season. These devices feature low prices, with some of the them going for $200, and a cloud-centric approach to working with apps and data. They also increasingly come with freebies, such as large amounts of free, online storage.

The success of Chromebooks is causing a lot of speculation that Microsoft may be concerned about them. Microsoft also has a new CEO who knows his way around the cloud, so we could see some new approaches from the Redmond giant on the mobile computing front.

Some reports are even forecasting the arrival of "Bingbooks," where Microsoft might marry the Bing search engine to a platform play similar to the one found in Chromebooks. That seems unlikely since Microsoft would have to retool a lot of its platform-centric approach to mobile computing, but the company could have other responses in the works.

Harry McCracken notes that Chromebooks could cause the price of Windows to come down:
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What do members think; how will Microsoft respond to the success of Chromebooks?

--jeremy