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Should Microsoft be worried about the Chromebook?

I wrote an article a while back stating why I thought Googles Chromebook might just work and it seams that the general public is beginning to agree with me.  As of the end of 2013 Googles Chromebook has achieved 10% market share which is remarkable considering it had 0.2% the previous year. So who has actually bought them?


In the consumer market (ie home users) the tablet and smartphones are king at the moment and I would suggest that these users are not the ones warming to the Chromebooks.  If that is the case then it must be businesses who are buying them.  If businesses are indeed buying them then I suggest Microsoft should be worried.  The reason? A lot of applications are now becoming web based and businesses (and individuals) are re-evaluating if they need a full blown Windows laptop in the workplace.  The workplace has been Microsofts heartland for decades but if Chromebook’s are indeed making inroads then that will hit Microsofts bottom line.

A lot of businesses still use “traditional” software like Microsoft Office and will decide to stick with Windows laptops and PC’s but with Office 365 and Google Apps now becoming more widely adopted even they might start to wonder if they really require a full blown desktop OS.  Don’t rule out the power of cloud storage too.

Even Microsoft’s OEM partners are throwing their weight behind the Chromebook with new models coming from both Lenovo and HP in recent months.  If manufacturers didn’t think there was any money in making them they wouldnt so this in itself should be stirring Microsofts executives.

Microsoft and Windows are not going anywhere soon but I think the early signs of serious competition to their desktop dominance are there.

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Hi I’m Chris Wakefield the owner of ComTech IT Support. I provide Windows and Linux based IT Support, laptop repairs and computer repairs to both business and personal clients in Stirling and Falkirk.

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Why do we always want new shiny stuff?

I woke up this morning and the first thing that popped in my head was “I want a Chromebook“.  Usually it is “coffee” followed by “need more sleep so go away” but not today.  I don’t need a Chromebook but I definitely want one.  The same thing happened yesterday but instead of a Chromebook it was a 7″ Android from Novatech (very good deal by the way) and the previous day it was a 70mm Celestron Travel Scope.


Now this is not usually me.  I am a firm believer in use what you have (and only change it when your needs change) and if it isn’t broke don’t fix it.  I am pretty sure that because there is a new laptop, tablet or phone on the market my existing kit is not obsolete overnight.  I don’t need any of this new kit (especailly the telescope!!) but all the advertising blurb says I do.  It is now too easy to use something and then instead of repairing it we throw it away and get a new one.

I was talking to a friend earlier this week about this.  I mentioned that I was going to purchase an Android tablet in the premise of learning Android so I could then fix any software issues that my clients may have.  I was told “What is the point as tablets are just as disposable as everything else.  They break and people just throw them away and buy a new one?”  Is this the reason that we always want new stuff?

Some people will always want to be at the cutting edge and will spend money on the newest gadgets and that is fine (it is their money after all) but what about the rest of us?

What do you think?

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P1020114

Hi I’m Chris Wakefield the owner of ComTech IT Support. I provide Windows, Mac and Linux based IT Support to small businesses in Stirling, Alloa and Falkirk.

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Why Google’s Chromebook might just work


I have been looking at Google’s Chromebook recently, specifically the Samsung Series 3 Chromebook with the intent on buying one.  Now I know what you are thinking – “what is the point?” but I find myself thinking more and more that the Chromebook concept might just work and  I shall explain why.

1. Simplicity of design

The Chromebook is a simple piece of kit.  There is only one ‘program’ which is the Chrome browser, you don’t have to worry about updates and there are less settings to configure wrongly.  Users like things to be simple.  For example take the iPad.  It is very good at one thing – consuming data and playing it back to the user (eg internet, video streaming etc). The Chromebook has been designed along these lines – it is designed to get you online.  Nice and simple.

2. No viruses  

Most viruses are written for Windows, a couple for Macs and maybe one (that I know of) for Linux.  Chrome OS is based on Linux so no viruses issues here then.

3. The Cloud

The Cloud is coming and more and more people and businesses are actively taking an interest in it, whether it be for hosting emails, online productivity suites (eg Google Apps) or business ctitical online apllications.  Most people use their devices (laptop, tablets or smartphones) to get online and connect to these services.  In the work environment I am seeing more businesses then ever use online applications or file sharing and it is here I can see the Chromebook really taking off.  If you are moving to the cloud the Chrombook could seamlessly slip right into your infrastructure.

4. Price

The Chromebook is a hell of a lot cheaper than a standard laptop and if you are solely using the internet to run your business why pay the extra for a device you probably wouldn’t use to its potential?

5. IT Administration

You lock down the browser and er thats it.  You can’t transfer any viruses onto the system using a USB pendrive and all your files are stored online.  IT departments will love the Chromebook.

Now I know that the Chromebook has some limitations (working offline is one example, broadband speeds) but personally I am beginning to understand the concept.  Now where did I put my wallet?

Do you agree or disagree? Let me know!!

About the Author

P1020114

Hi I’m Chris Wakefield the owner of ComTech IT Support. I provide Windows, Mac and Linux based IT Support to small businesses in Stirling, Alloa and Falkirk.

Follow @Comtech247 on Twitter

 

 

 

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