When the Chromebook was announced more than a year was announced, it was a good idea indeed. The netbook was flooding the market, and it seemed like everyone was moving to these superlight connected devices.
Today the world is totally different. The netbooks have stalled. People don't like them. The iPad is surging ahead. The Macbook Air is selling like hotcakes. The smartphones are better than ever. You can do pretty much work on an iPhone today, even enterprise stuff. Even the all mighty PC's market share are shrinking.
Today we like to do distinct tasks fast. We crave fast and intuitive touch interfaces. And nothing of that will come form Chromebooks. Chromebooks are an alternate to Microsoft Office on a PC, and their a bad alternative also.
So while Microsoft and Google are fighting for the old, tired users of cabled Windows and Office, Apple and Android are churning at incredible speed to the youth and the newly connected monile world.
That's the reason it doesn't matter. I cannot imagine something more dull than a netbook without touch, and without Office. No, sorry Google. Your Chromebook will not matter.