A new kind of computer? Chromebook

I was interested to see goolge officially release their cloud-based netbook » Google Chrome Blog: A new kind of computer: Chromebook.


Over a year and a half ago I blogged about why I was excited on Google’s development but that was a long time ago in technology terms. Smart phones were just going mainstream and I don’t even remeber if iPads and modern tablets existed?

I haven’t quite digested all the latest info on Chromebooks (as they are now known) but it will be interesting to see if they take off. Have a look at my original article, Google Chrome OS – What is it for and is it any good?,  to see what my initial thoughts were and get a good summary of what Chromebooks were meant to do.

I think Google should make the Chrome OS a free download, I for one would be much more likey to use it on my laptop in a dual boot setup rather than a dedicated machine, then again I suppose I can stay with Windows 7 and just use Chrome exclusively? Does that really offer the same benefits of going all in with a Chromebook? One thing I do like is that Google have launched it with tools for System Administrators so it can be controlled in a business or school environment, that’s 1-up on the iPad, not even going into the price difference. This has the potential of being quite big in schools.

On a side not, this isn’t the first time we have seen an “internet-only” device, take a look at The Internet Appliance … It is Finally Here 🙂 (via @shanselman)

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