Now, Bingbooks is a word as unofficial as any, but Microsoft recently outlined a new strategy with plans to take on the raging success that Chromebooks have experienced in the last couple of years.
You can read up on this new assault here, by the way.
But Gartner sure has some news for the simple souls that believe that Chromebook sales are going to take a nosedive soon now that highly affordable Windows 8.1 PCs are here — the future is quite bright for these Chrome OS powered devices.
The firm expects 2014 to see out shipments of some 5.2 million Chromebooks, but come 2017, this figure is set to almost triple, to around the 14.2 million units mark.
This points to a healthy 79% increase this year compared to the year before. Then again, it is easy to grow at this pace when the initial figures are this low. Add to this the fact that most sales are still coming from the education sector, where these budget devices are replacing Apple iPads.
In terms of hardware vendors, Samsung, Acer, HP, Lenovo and Dell all have a slice of the pie.
The former two dominate the Chromebook market worldwide, with the Korean company laying claim to a noteworthy 65% of the market, while the Taiwanese one following suit with just over 21%.
Gartner believes that despite the popularity of these devices, hardware vendors are still keen on making Chromebooks even better, focusing on areas like faster connectivity, faster memory access and larger solid state drives.
The battle rages on and on.