As 2014 began, several prominent analysts were taking aim at recent media reports that have allegedly miscast how well Chromebooks--portable computers based on Google's Chrome OS platform--are doing in sales terms. "There has been a ton of misreporting as many lazy reporters and bloggers have characterized this as all sales, which it wasn't, or even consumer sales, which it most assuredly was not," Stephen Baker of the NPD Group, reportedly told Computerworld, for example.

However, ABI Research came out with its tally of Chromebook sales for 2013 this week, and reported: "An estimated 2.1 million Chromebooks shipped in 2013 with nearly 89 percent of total shipments reaching North America. As Chromebook shipments expand globally, ABI Research forecasts an increase of annual growth rate to 28 percent and reach 11 million shipments in 2019." That's nothing to shake a stick at.

Chromebooks are, according to numerous trusted sources, a fast growing subset of the portable computer market, especially in the low priced segment and for certain markets, including schools. Windows 8 and RT devices are still ahead of Chromebooks in terms of sales, but Chromebooks have found their place in the market. Over the holiday season, Amazon reported that two of its top selling portable computers were Chromebooks.
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