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Google is releasing its cheapest Chromebook laptops yet; two versions priced at $149 aimed at undercutting Microsoft's Windows franchise and gaining ground in even more classrooms.Various PC manufacturers have been working with Google to design lightweight laptops running on the Chrome operating system since 2011 . This product image provided by Microsoft shows the company's new Surface 3 tablet.About 6 million Chromebooks were sold worldwide last year, more than doubling from 2.7 million in 2013, according to IDC.Besides the $149 laptops, Google is also attacking Microsoft on other fronts. Later this spring, Google and Asus are releasing a hybrid Chromebook that can use used as either a laptop or tablet with a 10-inch screen. In the summer, Asus and Google will start selling a new Chrome device that will provide people with a cheaper way to upgrade an old PC. The Chromebit's price hasn't been set; Google says it will cost less than $100 .In the past, Microsoft has used a lightweight version called RT in its cheaper tablets.
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