TechHive: Chromebooks enter homes, schools, small businesses

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Jan 11th 2014, 17:55, by Patrick Thibodeau, Computerworld

About 2.5 million Chromebooks were sold globally in 2013, or about 1 percent of the entire PC market, according to market research firm IDC. Most of those sales were driven by consumers, not by enterprise users.

The Chromebook, introduced in 2011, is still an outlier for most businesses, even as it becomes an alternative for consumers and schools. By 2017, IDC expects the Chromebook to reach about 6 million shipments, or more than 2 percent of the PC market.

But how much progress has the Chromebook made into the enterprise? "Beyond education, it's probably virtually zero," said IDC analyst Loren Loverde.

There were 314.6 million PCs shipped in 2013.

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