Launches in June on Samsung hardware...looks like they are trying to eat into the PC paradigm in a big way, and if they get the Chrome "App Store" up and running with all the critical bits, I think they can really do it.
That the problem you love computers. But for a business computers are just tools that need to be upgraded, maintained and secured on top of being used you know to do real work.I'm guessing that this will be an epic fail. I love computers and I work in the industry and I see no use for a product like this for the vast majority of people.
If you're one of the many companies that already uses Google Apps for business then you already have everything set up and ready to go. You still use a corporate email address for your account, but on the user side everything looks like Gmail, Google Calendar, etc. In fact, you would just sign in with your corporate email account and everything would just work; email, calendar, docs, and any other Google provided services you use. For companies already using Google Apps, this is perfect. What Google is doing here is making their whole ecosystem that much more attractive. They don't care about selling the actual hardware, they want to sell their software.The big problem I see right now, is how secure is the data?
We have seen so many cases where data is lost (by companies that go bankrupt) or are anadvertently "shared" or hacked. I just don't see how any business would rely on a server maintaining data off premises. If your net goes down, you're screwed. What if google decides that 2 years into it that 29 per computer isn't enough and that now it's 89.00 per seat per month?
Who do you call when the thing breaks down? who's going to connect it up to your unique server configuration and active directory service? You aren't going to get away from IT guys, they are just going to be doing different jobs.
Can't see it working. If people at my work suggest this, i'm going to bash them over the head with common sense and hope they snap out of it.
Again, if you're a Google Apps user your data is still stored at your domain. Your cloud in this case is your own servers, which is the same as accessing remotely on a PC.It will be a very small niche for some bussiness users.Rememeber everything is clod based an requires an allways on internet connection.I'm not a big fan of cloud storage (not for personal use), and whatever anybody promises you, once you keep any of your data on the cloud you should not expect that will remain "private". But for some bussiness users may be OK.
Been there, done that. I'll be turning 60 this fall. I remember timeshare computing. The whole idea behind the PC (Personal Computer) was to get away from the dumb-terminal-hooked-up-to-a-mainframe paradigm. Anyone else remember Microsoft's first attempt at pusing "DOT-NET"? It was essentially the same as "the cloud". It failed to get off the ground.Cloud computing is the way forward
Thanks for destroying your own argument. Going from a regular notebook/netbook to a chromebook is the computing equivalant of going from a smartphone to a dumbphone.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?
Comparing cloud computing today to cloud computing of even a decade ago isn't fair. The world has changed since then. High-speed internet, wifi hotspots, and 3G connections have completely changed the game.Been there, done that. I'll be turning 60 this fall. I remember timeshare computing. The whole idea behind the PC (Personal Computer) was to get away from the dumb-terminal-hooked-up-to-a-mainframe paradigm. Anyone else remember Microsoft's first attempt at pusing "DOT-NET"? It was essentially the same as "the cloud". It failed to get off the ground.
I consider it more like shedding the dead weight. I've been running nightly builds of Chromium OS (the open source version of Chrome OS) on my netbook for months now. Prior to that I ran Windows XP, 7, and Ubuntu 10. I have no interest in going back to any of them. Chromium OS is faster, slicker, and smoother. It boots in 20 seconds on my first gen Atom netbook. There are no background processes slowing things down mysteriously, no antivirus software, no myriad of system menus. I get about 20% more battery life than I did on Ubuntu.Thanks for destroying your own argument. Going from a regular notebook/netbook to a chromebook is the computing equivalant of going from a smartphone to a dumbphone.