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#46 anarkhy

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Posted 13 May 2011 - 20:39

Not everyone needs powerfull computers, for the average user a netbook or tablet is enough.

In a few years most of the access to the internet will be done by smartphones, tablets, netbooks or other lightweight devices.


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Posted 13 May 2011 - 20:47

no enterprise in the right mind, will let a non-legal bonded and licensed third party to host their sensitive information over cloud

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Posted 13 May 2011 - 20:51

I don't think Chrome Books are going to be successful, given the price of Samsung/Acer's options. They are ridiculously overpriced. I can certainly see ChromeOS take a chunk of Linux's market share, as well as Mac and Windows to a certain extent.

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Posted 13 May 2011 - 20:57

As an aside, targeting Microsoft's cash cows, Windows and Office, is a smart move by Google. Lets see how long MS can keep throwing billions away on bing and WM7 without any income :D


Microsoft is diversifying, and soon will have Skype to lose money on too. :woot:

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Posted 13 May 2011 - 22:58

Well the future are tablets, they will the one that replace your desktop and laptop. I am not talking now, but you will see in a few more years. Everything of most of the thing will be cloud based and this will make easier to even work with your smartphone.


Maybe for home use. For business, no.

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Posted 13 May 2011 - 23:57

I personally don't mind if Microsoft loses a few million $$.

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Posted 14 May 2011 - 00:00

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Posted 14 May 2011 - 00:41

Well the future are tablets, they will the one that replace your desktop and laptop. I am not talking now, but you will see in a few more years. Everything of most of the thing will be cloud based and this will make easier to even work with your smartphone.

I would love to own a tablet to draw with if anything (or just convenience of transportation), but it will never replace my laptop as far as productivity goes. Text based activities such as programming are much more comfortable with a mouse and keyboard (for now, at least, I don't reject the idea completely). For some reason cloud based activities make me uncomfortable, even though I know it would be useful. It might be due to my slow internet connection.

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Posted 14 May 2011 - 00:48

Pure and utter drivel, bring on Windows 8!

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Posted 14 May 2011 - 02:15

Not everyone needs powerfull computers, for the average user a netbook or tablet is enough.

In a few years most of the access to the internet will be done by smartphones, tablets, netbooks or other lightweight devices.

Why would you want to pay $1088 over three years for a cloud-only Chromebook when a top-of-the-line netbook costs less than half as much and allows you to do much more?

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Posted 14 May 2011 - 02:39

Chromebooks might take away some business, but they are way overstating the numbers on its potential impact. Almost all enterprises use at some propriety in-house software for their employees as well as other third-party software that is used industry-wide. How are they going to use them if the CBook is cloud based? Exactly, they can't because nothing can be installed. Additionally, enterprises are not going to put too much faith in cloud services when it comes to sensitive product information and project documents that are better stored solely on local hard drives and network backups. I can see how this might be appealing to some schools to complement their existing computer labs or library PCs with low-cost CBooks that can be shared between classrooms. Even then, teaching children how to use a PC is invaluable when 90% of all computers have Windows.

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Posted 27 May 2011 - 08:45

Chromebooks might take away some business, but they are way overstating the numbers on its potential impact. Almost all enterprises use at some propriety in-house software for their employees as well as other third-party software that is used industry-wide. How are they going to use them if the CBook is cloud based? Exactly, they can't because nothing can be installed. Additionally, enterprises are not going to put too much faith in cloud services when it comes to sensitive product information and project documents that are better stored solely on local hard drives and network backups. I can see how this might be appealing to some schools to complement their existing computer labs or library PCs with low-cost CBooks that can be shared between classrooms. Even then, teaching children how to use a PC is invaluable when 90% of all computers have Windows.


You're looking at this in a way too narrow sense.

In-House Software
Let's class this under legacy software. It's needed, but wont be wanted. You could re-write it as a web app, as you have the source this wont take long. If you just can't give it up, stick it on Citrix Reciever and you'll be able to run it.

Third-Party Software
Again, this becomes legacy - and if it can't be replaced, Citrix Reciever it.

Nothing can be installed
I'm not sure where this myth comes from, maybe people have a skewed interpretation of what installations are. But Chrome OS (and the Chrome browser) can definitely install things.

Too much faith in the cloud
Who said you have to use a public cloud like Google's? You can run a private server in the premises just like today that acts as your "cloud".



To your other points, I don't think it warrants a response. Any tech enthusiast should hate the conservative notion of "we shouldn't embrace progress because Windows owns the market".

#58 Richard C.

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Posted 27 May 2011 - 14:47

I don't think thats the issue, the issue is trusting google to do anything other than rape your customers data for advertising purposes. This will not only annoy the company but ruin its public reputation also, any company that uses this product is worse than stupid and will receive no business from me