Stumble is usually a word people don’t want to hear, but it appears that Microsoft’s Chromebook assault is not going according to plan. And we can thank the hardware partners for it.

Basically, these companies have their own idea about what works and what not.

You may recall that Redmond officially took on Chromebooks in the waning months of summer. It was a welcome and wanted strategy, some would say overdue, keeping in mind the rather impressive success that these Chrome OS powered devices were having.

As of right now, they are still on track for a 100% year-on-year growth.

However, Redmond’s plan seems to have been hijacked by brand vendors. So much so that the company is said to be preparing a follow-up solution, which is on track to be made official February 2015.

We only have this report from DigiTimes to go by for now, but Microsoft wants to limit this new solution to only 14-inch models — and only those that are launching in mature markets. This is an attempt to safeguard the profits of its hardware partners.

In emerging markets, though, these companies will be allowed to release 15-inch models.

The important thing is that Microsoft was expecting a bit of an avalanche of devices powered by Windows 8.1 with Bing, and although a number of notable models have been announced, things have somewhat dried up when it comes to more hardware.

Bingbooks, as they are now known, may still put up a fight, potentially speaking, but if the lack of support from brand vendors keeps up, it may be a fair while before they actually impact Chromebooks.

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  • Mike Greenway

    “….Starts To Stumble,” this same exact prediction was used before, in regard to another Microsoft product, turned out to be wrong. Opinion isn’t mightier then fact.

  • WillyThePooh

    I wish they know what they are talking about. Then I could sell the one and only one chromebook in my store. So far, no luck.

  • Ray C

    I think Microsoft will be fine. The hardware will come. I still have yet to meet single person with a Chromebook, who wants a Chromebook, or who even talks about Chromebook, outside of when I work with schools and they’re testing them out

  • Damian Vansen

    I own a Chromebook. It is great for casual use: i.e. browsing, videos, basic word processing, music. I.e. it is for school students and old people. The reason for this. It is simple. But that is were it ends. If you want to do serious and professional word processing (MS Office, excel) and image editing. LOOK ELSEWHERE. Microsoft has nothing to fear about losing the professional market to Chromebooks. But is seems that they are suffering loses in the casual market. Possibly because Windows OS slows down over time. What I like about Chrome OS is that you don’t have to worry about maintaining it.