Since 1993, the World Wide Web has become popular. It has grown exponentially with the birth of the free browser NCSA Mosaic, developed by the National Center for Supercomputing Applications. Today, the internet has more than 4 billion users, according to Hootsuite‘s annual Digital Report and the digital agency, We are social. 53% of the world’s population is now connected to the internet. Our use of computers and mobile devices happens largely on browsers, the gateway to virtual services. Software solutions became more available online and clouds are in charge of data storage.

We spend more time on browsers than we think

The native mobile apps or the software are not going to survive in the future, but the browsers will. 65.5% of US smartphone users haven’t installed native apps on their phones, according to a 3-month Comscore study. Explanation: people don’t need more apps, and those who already have on their devices are enough. Facebook works as a people search engine, Linkedin as a jobs search engine and google as websites search engine…

What is a Chromebook?

Chromebooks are laptops running the Chrome OS operating system on Linux. They were launched by Google in 2011, with the aim of offering simple, secure, fast and cheap laptops.

These devices are primarily used to perform various tasks using the Google Chrome browser (hence the name Chromebook). Since then, Chromebooks have come out and took a large share of the market. In the US market Chromebooks have recently outpaced Mac sales.

Why buy a Chromebook?

Chromebooks are machines for online work. The issue comes with complex tasks with a Chromebook in offline mode. The local storage is very limited and Google drive hosts the data. These machines have the best quality price report. The price of Chromebooks starts from € 150 for a low-impact processor, up to 16 GB of internal storage and 4 GB of RAM.

Offline work is supported. Google docs, slides and sheets make it possible to edit documents without an internet connection, these changes synchronize once the machine connects. Even managing the Gmail account, excluding sending and receiving emails, is still possible offline.

A Chromebook is able to run Android applications because Google is Chrome OS (Operating System Chromebook). This means that the Chromebook can do, basically, anything that a current Android phone could do and more.

Chromebooks work fully with your Google Account and support multiple users, they are collaborative machines. Just as the Chrome browser supports multiple users who can not access other users’ information, the Chromebook also differentiates users. And when a new user logs in, it syncronis the data to their unique account.

But what are the Chromebooks limits?

Chromebooks are not perfect devices, in front of the two giants of the market (Microsoft Windows and Mac os). Despite all their advantages for the user, there is a set of weaknesses that need to be highlighted.

First, the Chromebook is not very customizable regarding Windows computers and Macs. It does not offer any options for changing the settings. Only a browser configuration page is available with very limited setup, but that is sufficient for normal and basic use.

Second, the Chrome OS runs softwares directly from the cloud. So instead of downloading, installing and storing software on the device itself, the user has to go through cloud-based programs, chrome app or extension.

Finally, the biggest problem is the availability and compatibility of software that can run on Chromebooks. It’s not the hardware that gives the “user experience”. It is the hardware’s ability to run the software that makes user’s requirement more important. So it’s not possible to buy, install, and use software (other than a fixed set of apps and extensions) on Chromebooks.

To conclude, the switch to Chromebook depends on the use and needs of a user.

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