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Laptops running Google's (GOOG) Chrome OS account for 4 of the 17 best-selling laptops at...

Laptops running Google's (GOOG) Chrome OS account for 4 of the 17 best-selling laptops at Amazon, including Amazon's second-best-selling model. TheStreet's Anton Wahlman speculates most of the Chrome laptop buyers are "corporations, schools, and other government entitites" looking for cheap, easy-to-maintain systems.
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  • kmi
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    Makes sense, also makes sense for internet cafe type stuff...
    7 Jul 2011, 08:53 AM Reply Like
  • Richard Mackenzie
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    Good take on it. I had been wondering what the demographic would be (if any) to buy these. Deskbound, and Cafe' table bound, are indeed the perfect fit.


    I do wonder about the terminology. If something that is totally useless without the internet shouldn't be called a "NetBook", then what should? Calling a Chrome OS netbook a laptop implies several things that are not true (at least to me) regarding its stand-alone usefulness. In fact, maybe we need a new term, since they are actually less useful than a netbook.
    7 Jul 2011, 09:08 AM Reply Like
  • RyanDolan
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    I'm frankly surprised by the demand for the chromebook. I must admit it's one of the few sides of google business that I don't see substantial merit. Can someone comment on why one would buy one as opposed to just a netbook or a tablet?
    7 Jul 2011, 09:15 AM Reply Like
  • kmi
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    Chrome OS was Google's 'cloud based' initiative prior to the rise of the iPhone and the 'appification' of computers.


    At the time it seemed the internet was moving rapidly towards cloud based everything, and google docs was part of that. Google saw a future where everything resides in the 'cloud' and the internet is the vehicle by which one accessed said everything.


    When Apple came along and brought out the iPhone and 'appified' everything, yet another cause for large complex software residing locally was eliminated since Apple took said large complex clunky bug ridden software, turned them into bite sized apps that were easy to use, and cheap, and brought the app business model to the world.


    Everyone else loved it - since the 'cloud' didn't seem to be able to monetize as readily or as rapidly as 'apps' could. Google and everyone else tried their hands at emulating Apple's app business model, and the 'cloud' stuff fell by the wayside.


    Now that the 'app' stuff is mature, the trend is turning back towards the 'cloud', and this will be hastened by virtualization and OS irrelevancy in the future as companies like DropBox or MSFT's cloud based Office render the accessing platform moot.


    In a 'cloud' based world, ChromeOS offers a proposition based on a no-bug, no-virus OS - it's just a browser. For many of us, a robust browser is a safer, more secure way to access our data than carrying it around on SD cards, in our phones, or whatever.


    If you have need of certain specific software that only runs on Windows, you are still stuck with it unless you can and are willing to remote in to your desktop; if you have need of specific 'apps' you are stuck with your phone or tablet, but in some cases a robust browser is a better tool since it allows access to stuff that is specifically and explicitly stopped - a consumer grade product might be HULU which blocks mobile OS products but may not do the same to ChromeOS or Bloomberg's streaming online video feed.


    For me, operating my boilers remotely requires a specific implementation of Java that isn't available on any mobile OS, only on Windows, if ChromeOS's browser based experience handles that, it would be a better choice than a tablet.
    7 Jul 2011, 09:41 AM Reply Like
  • RyanDolan
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    Thanks for the perspective. It's actually a very forward looking strategy by google I suppose, somewhat like android when it was in early stages.
    7 Jul 2011, 09:51 AM Reply Like
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