Cloud computing is the way forward, there are a few good points here and a few outdated ones.
One big misconception is that you MUST have always on internet with chrome OS this is not true
"content such as word processors and games like Angry Birds will be accessed within the browser, and can even be accessed when the device is not connected to the Internet."
As with any new technology some will embrace it others will wait. But usually its only a matter of time! How many on here used to say " I want a phone that can simply make phone calls" FFW 3-5 years likely 80% of us on digital home have a smart phone that can do pretty much everything a home PC can do with the exception of serious gaming and some specialized software?
Or even look at PC's and Bill Gates famous quote
"640K ought to be enough for anybody." Times change FAST now, and computing is evolving in a smarter,more manageable and sustainable way by going to cloud computing I think.
Many home PC users use computers simply for email and social networking, and worse yet the average home use has ZERO data backup! Move to cloud computing and you have 100% data backup including your operating system and all applications.
I can easily envision a time when you won't even need to take your chromebook with you traveling, simply check into the hotel and borrow a supplied one at the hotel or at the airport lounge, log onto your account and everything is ready to go. Even airlines could easily implement these types of systems into seat backs as an "extra service" Google by going this route could easily infiltrate many more avenues for advertising.
Just a few of my views
TBD yet again :)