You remember Chromebooks, don’t you? They’re the small, inexpensive notebooks that were supposed to seriously eat into Microsoft’s market share by showing the world that you don’t need a big operating system to get big work done — just a lightweight one to get you internet access. Devices you could buy for less than the price of a piece of software. Hardware that would finally prove to the world that there’s no need for Microsoft Office and other big, client-based software — a free copy of Google Docs would do.

Things didn’t quite turn out that way. Windows laptops are thriving, and Chromebooks are rarely used in enterprises. Microsoft Office still rules the office suite world. Microsoft has no need to worry — right?

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