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    Granted, a Chromebook isn't a full-scale Windows or OS X-based machine -- far from it -- but given just how often our work is shifting to the web, Chrome OS is becoming dangerously close to "good enough" for most. Chalk it up to serendipity if you must, but Chrome OS is becoming more and more relevant with each passing day, as we're dealt far fewer offline-only apps and far more cloud-reliant ones.

    You've heard it before, and you'll hear it again: Chrome OS isn't "a real operating system." There's no question that it's different; it's the first major OS to launch without the ability to install local, desktop-based applications. Particularly for businesses, this could be a major deal-breaker. To solve that issue, Google has partnered with Citrix to create a new build of Citrix Receiver, a piece of software that should leave its existing beta trials and hit the public universe this summer.

    We saw a brief demo of the software used on a CR-48, and while the setup was obviously optimized, it worked shockingly well. A backend Windows server had a copy of Photoshop CS5 onboard, and the CR-48 was able to load it within a matter of seconds through Receiver. Not a light model -- we're talking about the full, bona fide version of Photoshop.
    Editorial: Google clarifies Chromebook subscriptions, might have just changed the industry

    The competition is really heating up across the board. In other discussions about Microsoft limiting the ability to install other OSes, it could further provide impetus for some to consider other choices.

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    .The competition is really heating up across the board. In other discussions about Microsoft limiting the ability to install other OSes, it could further provide impetus for some to consider other choices.
    Yes they must be really worried about that 1% Rhate.
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    LOL! Here we go again .........
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    I have a chromebook that I use fir most web surfing at home. Like it better than my tablet. I couldn't use it for work though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    I have a chromebook that I use fir most web surfing at home. Like it better than my tablet. I couldn't use it for work though.
    This is exactly why I hope Microsoft succeeds with Windows 8, RT and Phone, one ecosystem, simplicity. We're getting all kinds of gadgets that aren't compatible and have limited ability, surely Microsoft has got the right idea even though it may not suit everyone at the moment.

    Last night I downloaded a game from the Windows store on my Global account, told the wife about it and she said she would like it. Using my Global account on her PC she downloaded it for free, she played a few levels and started having problems with sound. To make a longer story short, I uninstalled it and reinstalled it and it worked fine and she was able to start on the level she left.

    It's this kind of simplicity and interaction that makes Windows 8 more exciting, and this was only a game, imagine the benefits to professionals and business people. When you count all the other benefits like Skydrive and Windows to Go this has to be the future.

    Its just not going to be quite as cheap.

    I'm not completely rubbishing all these other alternatives by the way, it's all good innovation to a tech nut like me, but I like the idea of a really, really connected simple world as well.
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    My guess is that of the 800 members in my computer club, 700 do not do any 'applications'. They use email, skype and store a few pictures. Sometimes they look up something on the web. But their main use is to stay in touch with their children and grandchildren.

    For those people, Chromebook is probably an excellent alternative. It is cheap, simple and does those kinds of jobs. I think it will become more popular. People just have to discover it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BillWindows View Post
    I am afraid we are already there users cannot afford to switch and have to buy all there media again. M$ is too late to catch up with the competition much less pass them up. M$ has also alienated too many of its customer base with the metro UI.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BillWindows View Post
    Last night I downloaded a game from the Windows store on my Global account, told the wife about it and she said she would like it. Using my Global account on her PC she downloaded it for free, she played a few levels and started having problems with sound. To make a longer story short, I uninstalled it and reinstalled it and it worked fine and she was able to start on the level she left.

    It's this kind of simplicity and interaction that makes Windows 8 more exciting, and this was only a game, imagine the benefits to professionals and business people. When you count all the other benefits like Skydrive and Windows to Go this has to be the future.
    The Apple ecosystem has been able to do this for some time now. (No, I'm not an Apple fanboy, though I might be headed in that direction - I have 2 iPhones and 2 iPads now - one each for myself and the wife). The only devices that don't participate in this seamless experience are the PC's. Since I'm a developer (heavily invested in the Microsoft platform) it's just not likely I'll switch to Mac. (At least not completely and not soon). I guess you could say I "straddle the fence" between the two camps now. However I can say that the integration of my i-Devices into my PC ecosystem works well as far as it goes.

    Among the Apple devices we have, though, it's completely seamless. I buy a game, book, music, app on any of the devices and it's available immediately on the other 4. If I ever quit doing software development on the PC platform then maybe going Mac is the way to go as a retired person no longer developing software. I consider, all the time, buying a Macbook just for my lab here at the house to play with the idea.

    Microsoft is in serious catch-up mode on this. Unfortunately I don't like their present implementation so if I swing one way or the other at this point it's going to be in Apple's favor, I think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by labeeman View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by BillWindows View Post
    I am afraid we are already there users cannot afford to switch and have to buy all there media again. M$ is too late to catch up with the competition much less pass them up. M$ has also alienated too many of its customer base with the metro UI.
    I'm afraid I'm one of them. I tried to like the Metro GUI for 18 months and just last week decided that it was adding nothing to my computing experience - and I mean nothing. Aside from a few technical glitches that I might eventually have been able to work around the truth of the matter was that I simply didn't want to. There wasn't a day during my use of Win8 that I wasn't considering retooling to 7. Finally did it. Finally letting this one go. Finally getting focused on getting things done that I need to do instead of focusing on the O/S.

    Agree with your point about the media. I have bought a lot of "stuff" in the Apple ecosystem (books, music, apps) and am not in the mood to retool all of that into a Metro experience. As for my desktop software, I have heavy investment there and continue to develop in that realm - not going Metro there either.

    Sorry ... didn't mean to hijack the thread. To keep on topic: Chromebook, eh? Naah!

    -Max :-)
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