Chrome OS only for notebooks

Over the past few months we've been hearing about the progress Google has made in developing their Chrome operating system. However Sundar Pichai who is Google Chrome's senior vice president has stated that for now, Google is only interested in pursuing the notebook form factor and won't be going further afield.

Earlier today at a news conference at the Computex PC show in Taipei, Pichai announced that Google has seen the amount of users using their Chrome browser double over the past year to a figure of around 160 million. This comes as specifically designed laptops created by Acer and Samsung are due to go on sale next month with the Chrome OS installed. Where these will be sold however is yet to be fully confirmed but at their Google developer I/O conference, announced they won't be launching them in New Zealand this year.

Some question though whether concentrating solely on notebooks is in fact limiting Chrome's reach. With Android Smartphones and Tablets already being sold around the world it is somewhat surprising that Google is not jumping at the chance to have further integration with their other projects. With the amount of manufacturers signed up to creating the Chromebooks still a small number, Google may be taking a cautious approach before making more inroads into the market.

How Google chooses to promote their operating system with the worldwide audience that has yet to have the 'cloud experience' is not really known, however they'll have to work hard to make sure it doesn't fall into cracks in the market given that most everyday consumers are only aware of Windows and Mac OSX.

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I want to run Chrome OS as a secondary OS on my computer, for doing quick web tasks if I'm a hurry and my computer is shut down. Why wouldn't Google let me do that?

Mazda 3s said,
Huh? What about the Samsung Chromebox they showed earlier this month on stage at the Google I/O conference?

It strictly business not home market. Let's face it most people in the business world use just email, MS Word, MS Excel and some sort of Virtual delivered applications. Chrome Box is meant to be a possible answer.

You see it costs too much to upgrade a user in companies (New Machine + Licenses + Tech). If companies can identify users that don't require a power horse workstations (like CAD users, GIS users, designers, etc..), those companies can save a ton of money.

For the home user, I would recommend you only get Chromebooks if it is not your primary PC. We live in a Windows world after all.

I love my Chromebook. It's an OS designed strictly for Netbooks. It's the way a netbook was meant to be run. Let's face it, Windows absolutely sucks on a Atom processor. Until Microsoft creates a Atom friendly OS, Chromebooks is a great alternative.

To clarify, it's not meant to replace a desktop Windows machine (or OSX) or a powerful laptop running Windows (or OSX). I still love my Windows 7 Ultimate on my Core i7 machine. I just hated my Windows 7 Home Premium on my netbook.

UndergroundWire said,
I love my Chromebook. It's an OS designed strictly for Netbooks. It's the way a netbook was meant to be run. Let's face it, Windows absolutely sucks on a Atom processor. Until Microsoft creates a Atom friendly OS, Chromebooks is a great alternative.

To clarify, it's not meant to replace a desktop Windows machine (or OSX) or a powerful laptop running Windows (or OSX). I still love my Windows 7 Ultimate on my Core i7 machine. I just hated my Windows 7 Home Premium on my netbook.

microsoft does not even need to make an Atom friendly OS.. Look the fusion APU just released makes Windows 7 HP run great .. The days of the Atom (single core) are limited and will be forgotten in time..

Lachlan said,
The days of the Atom (single core) are limited and will be forgotten in time..

Atom makes Dual Core chips as well. Windows 7 running on Atom Dual Core are still very laggy. Windows 7 was not designed for these low-end chips.

TechJunkie81 said,
160 Million ?

Google has seen the amount of users using their Chrome browser double over the past year to a figure of around 160 million

Your Welcome.

Either you don't know how to read or Elia doesn't know how to read and edited the article when I came to read it. I believe it's option B.