The good news for Chromebook users is that over at they’re thinking it will. The expectation is that with Microsoft acquiring Nokia the software giant now has, even more than before, the chance to push its plans of moving into the hardware space. It has already made the first steps by releasing their own line of Surface tablets, and as it is about to release the second-generation, indications are that they’ll stick to the strategy of owning it all.

That does not sit very well with traditional PC vendors, and logically so. They’re in a pinch. With not being able to compete with Microsoft on Windows 8 touch devices, seeing their traditional PC sales dwindle and with Apple now turning its focus to the hard needed strengthening of their software services there isn’t much to celebrate. Add to the mix that hardware design will become easier in the future and we can’t but conclude that irrelevance is around the corner.

What they need is a new operating system built by another company than Microsoft. Enter Chrome OS by Google. Next to building straight up Linux machines that run Ubuntu building Chromebooks is the only other serious option left on the table for hardware vendors. With also reporting that “Intel has already invested R&D resources to ensure its processors are compatible with Chrome OS, while AMD has also reportedly started related R&D” the safe bet is on Chromebooks.