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.
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!!
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