How Chromebooks Can Escape the Netbook's Fate

Attendees inspect the Google Chromebook Pixel laptop during the Google I/O developers conference at the Moscone Center on May 15, 2013 in San Francisco, Calif. Photograph by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

It’s deja vu all over again, as Yogi Berra might say: A few years ago netbooks were the latest craze, and now it’s the Chromebook. At a time when PC sales are falling, Google Chromebooks are a bright spot, with NPD Group’s Stephen Baker forecasting 10 percent growth in 2013, says Bloomberg News. Low prices, which powered netbook sales, are probably a big reason for growing Chromebook sales as well. Could the market for Chromebooks quickly tank, as it did for netbooks? I doubt it.

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