I received a Chromebook laptop a year ago as part of a Google pilot program, and since then it has become my primary machine.
The Chromebook is a web-only laptop introduced by Google in 2011. The Chromebook runs Chrome OS which is based on the popular Google Chrome browser.
In less than four years the Google Chrome surpassed Firefox and is now the second most used Internet browser after Microsoft Windows. Its popularity is mainly due to its ease of use and integration to other Google applications.
On the hardware side, the Google Chromebook looks like any other laptop. The only difference is with its operation system (OS) which is completely based on the cloud. In other words, the OS is the Chrome browser and the programs are the different Apps you install.
The challenge you may face by using a web-only laptop is to rely on web-based applications and storage in the cloud.
This should not be an issue anymore as more and more applications we use today are already in the cloud (ex: email, social networking, distance learning).
The financial advantage of such a choice is enormous. Many schools began adopting Chromebook laptops and managed to save money by reducing maintenance and licenses fees.
These schools now offer laptops to their students knowing that they have to deal with only one program (Chrome bowser).
Using web-based applications also gives a unique opportunity for students to collaborate on projects as well as access learning applications anywhere, anytime.
The web-based laptop concept introduced by Google is unique and is still in its beginning. But if all you do with a computer is typing and surfing the web, you might consider this solution.
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This post was written by MARK DOLIVE