The Chrome Operating System and Chromebooks have received criticism since its inception. The debate going around is that the Chrome operating system is insufficient for some game users or those who use heavy applications. One thing is for sure, Google will look into the issue. However, most people who use computers do not play intensive games.
Therefore, before we have a fresh look into Google’s Chromebook laptops, let us get a brief understanding of what the Chromebook laptop does. The Chromebooks are laptop designs from giant Internet Company Google Inc. that also runs Google’s lightweight chrome operating system of which is based on the open source platform, and is designed to function best on the Internet. It also functions offline with limited functionality off which is its weak point. Despite the fact that it has limited functionality, Chromebook laptops get the job done for the average laptop end user.
The average user will type a few word documents, watch a movie or two and listen to some music. Therefore, most users will spend their time on the Internet watching YouTube videos, going to social networking websites and sending emails, making the Chromebook an ideal choice.
For most users, migrating to Chromebooks should not be much of a problem; the challenge will be the mindset of the users who are fixated on windows.
For business computing, another debate that arises is that, the Chromebook laptop has user limits. Therefore, why purchase a Chromebook of 350$ plus or less when one can buy a cheaper Windows netbook which includes all the software programs.
This debate right from the start is moot. Businesses are willing to pay a premium for a device, which comes with fewer unwanted gizmos; this is why the Chrome operating system will challenge Microsoft well in this market place.
Like any other operating system, the Chrome operating system will have to evolve over time and find a niche in the market. Google might have to change a few things in terms of applications usage, in order to get a bigger market share while maintaining low resource usage. Google believes that their niche will be in mobile computing devices such as netbooks, and should Google collaborate with laptop manufactures, it sure will boost Google’s Chromebook sales as well as its operating system. Should this model be successful and sales begin to roll in, then Google can say that they have truly succeeded.