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Google is now offering a way to get a Chrome OS PC for free: Just download Chrome on Windows 8 or 8.1. After first appearing the Chrome dev channel in October , the search giant officially added what is basically the Chrome OS interface to the modern UI version of Chrome on Windows 8.
The latest Chrome build includes number of other improvements, most notably a visual cue to find tabs that are autoplaying video or audio, but the biggest feature for PC users is Chrome OS on Windows 8. Google doesn’t call it that, of course. Instead, the company coyly describes the new feature as a “new look” for Windows 8 “Metro” mode—a description that completely ignores the similarities between the modern Chrome app and Chrome OS itself.
Chrome has to be your default browser in Windows to see the new feature, as only your main browser can be used in Windows 8’s modern UI environment.
To launch Chrome in its modern UI version, open Chrome on the desktop, tap on the menu icon in the upper right corner, and select “Relaunch Chrome in Windows 8 mode.” Within seconds you’ll be inside a replica of ChromeOS, complete with a desktop-like interface nestled inside Windows 8’s modern UI.
Not much has changed since we looked at the early version of this feature in October. At the bottom of the screen you have the Chrome OS shelf that includes an app launcher as well icons for a number of Google web apps, including Gmail, search, Drive, and YouTube. You can also add your own apps to the shelf.
Google also included its own version of desktop Snap inside Chrome OS for Windows 8. When you hover over the minimize/maximize button in the upper right corner of any browser window you get options to snap the current window to the left or right side of the screen. Unlike desktop snap in Windows, however, the Chrome OS windows overlap each other, with the active window taking focus.
That’s not Chrome OS, it’s the modern version of Chrome for Windows 8. (Click to enlarge.)
Since the modernized version of Chrome is part of Windows 8 you can also snap a second modern app next to Chrome, allowing you to access, say, Xbox Music while working in Chrome.
A Trojan horse
Having multiple Chrome browser windows at once is great, but what Google really hopes you’ll do with the new Chrome OS for Windows 8 is install Chrome Apps from the Chrome Web Store.
Chrome Apps are standalone programs that are built on Chrome and use web-based technologies, but don’t look anything like a browser window. Instead, they look like a program you’d use on any other desktop OS, and they carry with you from device to device if you’re signed into your Google account and have the Chrome browser’s app syncing capability enabled.
The Pocket Chrome App, running in Chrome OS. er, Chrome for Windows 8. (Click to enlarge.)
And that’s the real key to Google’s Chrome OS invasion on Windows 8. Google ultimately hopes Chrome Apps will convince you to spend more time in Chrome OS for Windows 8.
And who knows? Perhaps one day you might even be convinced to pick-up an actual Chrome OS device instead of sticking with Windows. Or, it seems, you could just stick with a Windows 8 PC, download Chrome, and get the best of both worlds.
Ian is an independent writer based in Israel who has never met a tech subject he didn’t like. He primarily covers Windows, PC and gaming hardware, video and music streaming services, social networks, and browsers. When he’s not covering the news he’s working on how-to tips for PC users, or tuning his eGPU setup.
One of the primary frustrations I have with Chrome OS as a desktop with multiple displays is that it doesn’t truly feel optimized as such. Instead, it’s felt for a long time like this ‘desktop mode’ – extending your experience by docking a Chromebook – has been tacked on. I have many gripes with Chrome OS on the big screen, though I must admit it’s beautiful and truly the more full way of experiencing the operating system. One of those gripes is that whenever I open a new app or window, it opens on the primary display. I’ve found myself constantly dragging and dropping windows over to the opposite display, and I have to admit, that’s very annoying.
A new flag for Chrome OS may now finally solve this problem. On Chrome OS Canary 91, I was able to toggle the ‘Windows open on the display with the cursor’ flag, as seen below, and just as its name states, any apps or windows I opened on my Chromebook properly launched on the display where my cursor was sitting as opposed to simply appearing on the display listed as the ‘primary’. I can confirm that this also works on the Beta channel.
Windows open on the display with the cursor
When there are multiple displays, windows open on the display where cursor is located. – Chrome OS
While there’s no word on when this should arrive on the Stable channel for everyone to enjoy, I know that this will be appreciated for Chromebook, Chromebox, and Chromebase users alike. I admit that this may not be something most users will actively consider or even be aware of, but once you use Chrome OS in desktop mode for long enough, it becomes obvious rather quickly. There’s nothing worse than docking your device, launching apps, and having to constantly move them between windows to get the best experience. The addition of being able to move windows to different displays and desks by right-clicking their status bar is great, but it’s still annoying to have to worry about it at all.
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Once this becomes fully available, users will just need to get accustomed to placing their mouse cursor on the display where they want things to launch. This may be easier than it sounds though because if you have two monitors, for example, you’re probably going to open your launcher on the display where you want that window to appear, so your cursor will already be there anyway. What other desktop improvements would you like to see come to your Chrome OS device? Let’s continue this conversation in the comments section!
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Chrome OS devices have proved popular in the US to-date, but momentum is starting to pick up in the UK. Barking and Dagenham Council deployed 2,000 Chromebooks to replace Windows XP systems earlier this year and ABI Research expects sales to reach 11 million units annually by 2019.
All the major PC manufacturers from Acer through to Samsung are busy churning out the low-cost laptops. It’s clear these sub-250 devices can help SMBs, educational institutions and government organisations cut costs, but is performance capable of matching legacy operating systems like Windows? We put them head-to-head to find out.
Interface and Ease-of-Use
It’s no secret some companies and users have found the move to Windows 8.x a challenge. The Start screen and its Live Tiles are touch friendly, but not everyone feels comfortable using an OS where much of functionality is hidden and a simplified tile system is promoted over the traditional desktop.
Windows 8.1 UI arguably works better on a tablet or a smaller laptop, and business users will appreciate the smaller touches, like the way clicking or tapping on a URL inside a link opens up internet Explorer in a split-screen view, rather than simply switching to the browser. What’s more, you can chose to boot to the conventional Desktop interface, use the Taskbar as an application launcher and disable the Charms if you wish.
Ironically, Chrome OS looks more like conventional desktop operating system than Windows. There’s a dock/app launcher in the bottom left-hand corner and a system tray with time, network and battery indicators on the bottom right, which also provides one-click access to the basic settings.
Chrome OS supports multiple windows, with a multi-function maximise and minimise button that can also dock windows to the left or right of the screen and resize them to fit halfway a bit like Windows’ snap feature.
It’s not sophisticated, but it is simple and some users will find it more intuitive than Windows 8.1
Winner: A Tie. The Windows 8.1 UI is more sophisticated, configurable and effective on touchscreen devices, but Chrome OS is the more intuitive, consistent and strangely more conventional of the two.
Can I access my Windows 10 desktop computer remotely? Yes, you can. You can access Windows 10 computer remotely using Google Chrome remote desktop from any other device. And that is what we’re going to show you in this article. And the steps on how to access Windows 10 computer remotely is easy. The procedure is like our previous article on how to access Mac desktop from your iPhone.
You might have heard of remote desktop support software such as Teamviewer, Splashtop, RealVNC, Anyplace Control, and many others. They are remote support software that helps you remotely access your computer from another device or computer. And most of them are premium software. This means that at a certain point, you will be obliged to pay for more services or features. Why pay so much if you just need quick remote access to a Windows 10 desktop computer that is miles away from you? Why not leverage the use of Google Chrome remote desktop?
How To Setup Google Chrome Remote Desktop To Access Windows 10 Computer Remotely
Let’s start with the installation of remote desktop support software first before you can access your Windows 10 computer remotely. The whole set up of Google Chrome remote desktop is easy. The first thing you need to have is a Google account (some people are more familiar with Gmail account). Let’s get started, then.
- Open your Google Chrome browser – preferably you should be logged in with your Google account;
- Then either search for “Google Chrome remote desktop” or head to the Chrome Web Store to add Chrome Remote Desktop extension;
- Then click Add to Chrome.
- It will pop a window asking for confirmation whether you want to install “Chrome Remote Desktop”. Click “Add app”. This will now download the extension Google Chrome file for remote desktop;
- After the installation is completed successfully, a new tab will open to show all the apps – including the new ones. The URL is chrome://apps/.
You can check this video on how you can install this remote desktop support software Google Chrome Remote desktop.
Chrome OS is the speedy, simple and secure operating system that powers every Chromebook.
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The Everything Button
Chromebooks have the Everything Button. ItвЂ™s one button that helps you find what you need fast. Like files. And apps. And answers online. Press it, and get what you need вЂ” all from one place.
Long battery life
Work and play with up to 12 hours on a single charge.* With Chromebook, you donвЂ™t even need to remember your charger.
*Battery life may vary based on device and upon usage and other conditions.
No Wi-Fi, no problem. Recent documents, spreadsheets, presentations and emails are all available with offline access.*
*Pre-download content and enable offline access for documents, presentations and emails to view offline later.
Swipe, tap and scroll the way you want. There are many touchscreen-enabled* Chromebooks.
*Form factor and touchscreen availability varies by device.
Instant Tethering with Chromebook keeps you connected to your phoneвЂ™s Wi-Fi hotspot automatically.
Microsoft Office compatible
With access to Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint from the Google Play Store, you can be confident that your Chromebook will allow you to use the productivity software you need.
Be a multitasking marvel. With Chromebook, you can enjoy picture-in-picture viewing with the most popular video apps. You can online shop or catch up on email, while your favorite TV show or the big game plays in a window in the corner.
Automatic back-up of Drive files
Has your computer ever fallen victim to a cup of coffee? With Chromebook, the updates you make to Google Docs, Sheets and Slides within Google Drive are automatically saved when youвЂ™re connected to the Internet.
Organize your workspace and multitask more easily with Virtual Desks on Chromebook. Think of Virtual Desks as separate workspaces within your Chromebook.
With LTE connectivity on your Chromebook,* you can stay connected to the Internet wherever you are.
*LTE availability varies by device.
Setting up your new Chromebook is easy. Just log into your Google Account and youвЂ™ll find all your Google Drive files and Chrome preferences on your new Chromebook.
With features like built-in virus protection and secure support for multiple users, Chromebook keeps you and your data protected.
Chrome OS keeps different software on your Chromebook separate with Sandboxing. So even if one part gets infected, the rest is designed to stay safe.
Every time your Chromebook starts up, it goes through Verified Boot вЂ” a rigorous and seamless security check-up in the background that prevents malware.
Protect your data. Every Chromebook includes a built-in security chip to encrypt your most sensitive data and keep it away from prying eyes. Know your Chromebook will stay safe.
Built-in virus protection
Built-in virus protection defends your Chromebook from malware automatically. You can focus on what you need to do, instead of installing third-party security software.
Guest Mode allows you to share your Chromebook with friends without giving them access to your login. Guests wonвЂ™t see any of the files saved in the other user accounts. And after logging out, their local history or files wonвЂ™t be saved вЂ” by design.
In the rare event that something does go wrong, a fresh start is just a click away. With the powerwashing feature on your Chromebook, you can easily reset your device to factory settings and get rid of malware in the process.
Share your Chromebook without sharing whatвЂ™s personal вЂ” a single Chromebook can support multiple users while maintaining each personвЂ™s privacy.
The Family Link app from Google helps you set digital ground rules for children using Chromebooks. Set screen time limits and adjust their account settings.
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Chromebooks boot up in seconds, and with automatic updates you get the latest software without being interrupted.
Your Chromebook starts new and stays new over time. With automatic updates in the background, your device gets the latest software without interrupting you.
Accessible by voice or keyboard, Google Assistant on Chromebook* helps you multitask, control smart devices and get things done faster than before.
* An Internet connection is required to enable the Google Assistant.
Smart Lock uses your Android phone as a wireless key to unlock your Chromebook automatically, so you can spend less time typing in your passwords* and more time getting down to work or play.
* In order for Smart Lock to work, your phone must be running Android version L-MR1 or a newer version. You also must be signed into the same Google Account on both your phone and Chromebook.
Skip typing your password to unlock your Chromebook.* Use your fingerprint, and get into your device even faster.**
*A user must type in their password each time they boot up their device for security purposes, but not when waking their Chromebook from sleep.
**Fingerprint unlock availability varies by device.
Pick up where you left off reading a story. Your Android devices and Chromebook work together, so you never lose your place.
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DonвЂ™t lose a moment of productivity to a slow start. Whether youвЂ™re answering an urgent email, taking notes in class or relaxing at home, just open it up and get going.
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Google unveiled its Chrome Apps initiative recently to launch apps that exist outside of the browser and extend its reach into more of a platform, but it looks like the company has a whole lot more planned. Over the past few weeks, Google has been updating its developer version of the Chrome browser to run what’s essentially Chrome OS within Windows 8’s “Metro” mode.
Chrome traditionally runs on the desktop in Windows 8, but you can set it to launch within the Windows 8 Start Screen into a special “Metro-style” mode. The new updates are very different from the existing stable channel version of Chrome in Windows 8 that simply presents a full-screen browser. In the latest dev channel release the UI and functionality is identical to Chrome OS. There’s a shelf with Chrome, Gmail, Google, Docs, and YouTube icons that can be arranged at the bottom, left, or right of the screen. Like Chrome OS, you can create multiple browser windows and arrange them using a snap to the left or right of the display or full-screen modes. An app launcher is also available in the lower left-hand corner.
While the Chrome browser acts as a Windows 8 application, it’s using a special mode that Microsoft has enabled specifically for web browsers. The software maker allows browsers on Windows 8 to launch in its “Metro-style” environment providing they’re set as default. The applications are listed in the Windows Store and they’re still desktop apps, but the exception allows them to mimic Windows 8 apps and access the app contracts and snapping features of the OS. While Chrome will obviously run in this mode on Windows 8, Microsoft does not permit this type of behavior on Windows RT.
Google’s true Trojan horse
At the moment Chrome’s new mode on Windows 8 is a little buggy and it crashes occasionally, but it’s clear where Google is heading. While Chrome Apps may have appeared to be Google’s Trojan horse, a Chrome OS running inside Windows 8 is the ultimate way for the company to create its own app ecosystem on top of Windows. Google has also been improving its Chrome browser’s touch support with additions that will likely aid navigation on Windows 8 and Chrome OS machines in future. It’s not clear when the Chrome OS-like mode will make its way into the stable channel for Windows 8, but Google’s ecosystem on top of Microsoft’s own Windows platform is on the way and it could be the next major battleground for control over desktop computing.
Google’s computer OS is called Chrome OS
Google announced the Chrome operating system in July 2009. They created the system in conjunction with manufacturers, just like the Android operating system. Devices using Chrome OS, called Chromebooks, came out in 2011 and are readily available in stores.
Chrome OS bears the same name as the Google web browser called Chrome. Chrome is the primary interface for Chrome OS, and both have evolved through the different versions that have been released.
Target Audience for Chrome OS
Chrome OS was initially targeted towards netbooks. Netbooks are small notebooks designed primarily for web browsing. Although some netbooks were sold with Linux, the consumer preference tended toward Windows, and consumers decided that maybe the novelty wasn’t worth it. Netbooks were too small and underpowered.
Google’s vision for Chrome extends beyond the netbook, seeing the shift from local applications toward cloud-based ones, like Google Docs. As people moved away from the traditional desktop, the Chrome operating system has become a competitor to Windows and Mac.
Google never considered Chrome OS to be a tablet operating system or something designed for mobile. Android is Google’s tablet operating system because it’s built around a touchscreen interface. Chrome OS uses a keyboard and mouse or touchpad and it’s designed to be a portal to the cloud.
Chrome OS Availability
Chrome OS is available for developers or anyone with an interest. You can download a copy for your home computer, but you need Linux and an account with root access.
If you’ve never heard of a sudo command, you should buy Chrome pre-installed on a consumer device.
Google has worked with well-known manufacturers such as Acer, Adobe, ASUS, Freescale, Hewlett-Packard, Lenovo, Qualcomm, Texas Instruments, and Toshiba.
Google launched a pilot program using a beta version of Chrome installed on a netbook, called the Cr-48. Developers, educators, and end-users could register for the pilot program, and a number of them were sent the Cr-48 to test. The netbook came with a limited amount of free 3G data access from Verizon Wireless.
Google ended the Cr-48 pilot program in March of 2011, but the originals were a coveted item after the pilot ended.
Chrome and Android
Although Android runs on netbooks, Chrome OS is developed as a separate project. Android is designed for phones and phone systems, and it’s not designed for use on computers. Chrome OS, on the other hand, is designed for computers rather than phones.
To further confuse this distinction, many Android apps run on Chrome OS. This functionality is designed by Google to work in conjunction with the Chrome browser to expand the available applications for Chrome OS by building on Android’s foundation. Chrome OS and Android are far from interchangeable, but there’s a chance you can run your favorite Android app on a Chromebook.
Chrome uses a Linux kernel. Long ago, there was a rumor that Google planned to release a version of Ubuntu Linux dubbed Goobuntu. This isn’t exactly Goobuntu, but the rumor is no longer quite as crazy.
Chrome OS is essentially a modified version of Linux at its core. Some Chromebooks run Linux applications, and others can be modified to install Ubuntu or another Linux distribution.
Chrome OS is designed to provide a separate and distinct experience, entirely different than a traditional Linux distribution. Chrome OS is geared toward non-technical audiences and doesn’t require any Linux knowledge or experience to use.
Google OS Philosophy
Chrome OS is designed as an operating system for computers that are only used for connecting to the internet. This means that Chrome OS is usually used for web browsing, streaming video and music, and online document editing. It’s also possible to access an existing iTunes library with a Chrome plugin.
This is vastly different than other operating systems like Windows and macOS, which are primarily used on desktop devices and run full programs like MS Office and Adobe Photoshop. Those kinds of programs cannot run on Chrome OS as easily as they can on other desktop operating systems.
Rather than downloading and installing programs on Chrome OS, you run them in a web browser and store them on the internet. These are often called Chrome extensions. While this limits the kinds of programs that can run on the operating system, there are alternative apps made especially for Chrome OS.
To make that possible, the OS has to boot up quickly, and the web browser has to be extremely fast. Chrome OS makes both of those happen.
Some Chromebooks support Android apps from the Google Play Store. If you have a supported device, you can install Android apps on your Chromebook much like you can on an Android smartphone.
Is this OS enticing enough for users to buy a netbook with Chrome OS instead of Windows? Absolutely. Chrome devices are a popular alternative to Windows PCs, especially for simple daily use, like web browsing. Chrome OS is popular in schools and businesses where simple virus-resistant computers for typing documents and accessing the web are ideal.
Turn on your Chromebook and press and hold the Esc key, refresh key, and power button simultaneously. Soon you see a message that says “Chrome OS is missing or damaged. Please insert USB stick.” Don’t worry, it’s not really damaged. When that appears, press and hold CTRL+D. Press Enter to enable developer mode. Check out Lifewire’s guide to enabling Chrome OS developer mode for more information.
Unfortunately, you can’t just download and install Chrome OS onto a computer. But, you can get a similar experience via third-party software like Neverware’s CloudReady version of Chromium OS. Check out Lifewire’s full guide to installing Chrome OS on a PC for detailed instructions on how to do it.
Click on the clock in the lower right corner of the screen, then select Settings. (The icon that looks like a small gear.) Select About Chrome OS.
By Sarah | Follow | Last Updated July 29, 2020
Desktop shortcut refers to the shortcut placed (usually an icon, or small file) on a computer desktop; it helps users open a program, folder, or file easily. You can create s desktop shortcut yourself to point to a certain program, folder, document, or Internet location. This post of MiniTool is going to show you how to create a new desktop shortcut for Chrome.
Usually, when you install a new application on your computer, the system will ask you whether you’d like to create a desktop icon. If you check the option, the desktop shortcut will be created immediately. If you didn’t check the option, you can create a desktop shortcut manually when you want. In this way, you are able to open the application directly by double clicking on the icon; this is quite convenient.
Create Desktop Shortcut for Chrome
The same is true when it comes to desktop shortcut for Chrome. The following content shows you the ways and steps to create Chrome shortcut when you didn’t create desktop shortcut for Chrome during installation or when you find Chrome icon missing.
In addition, it will teach you how to create shortcuts to your favorite website or frequently used folder easily.
How to Create Desktop Google Chrome Icon Windows 10
First of all, I’ll focus on Google Chrome create desktop shortcut on Windows 10.
- Close unnecessary windows opening on your computer.
- Click on the Windows logo button located in the lower left corner.
- Scroll down until you find Google Chrome from the menu.
- Right click on Google Chrome and navigate to More in the context menu.
- Choose Open file location from the submenu of More.
- The Google Chrome will be selected by default in the opening File Explorer window.
- Right click on Google Chrome -> navigate to Send to -> select Desktop (create shortcut).
Create Chrome shortcut PC desktop more easily: you should repeat step 1 to step 3 and then drag & drop Google Chrome to the desktop directly.
How to Add Google Chrome Icon to Mac Desktop
- Open Finder on your Mac desktop.
- Close other opening windows.
- Select Applications in the left pane.
- Look for Google Chrome in the right page.
- Drag and drop the icon onto your Mac desktop directly.
How to Create Website Shortcut on Desktop Chrome
After telling you how to place Google Chrome icon on desktop, I’ll show you how to create a shortcut for your favorite/frequently used website in Google Chrome.
- Open Google Chrome on your computer.
- Go to the website you’d like to create a shortcut.
- Click on the three dots button in the upper right corner.
- Navigate to the More tools option from the drop-down list.
- Select Create shortcut, Add to desktop, or Create application shortcuts (depending on the OS you use).
- Give a new name to the shortcut or just keep the default name.
- Click on the Create button.
What does Open as window mean? Should you enable it?
Open as window indicates opening in a separate window. If you check the Open as window option while creating shortcut, the corresponding website will be opened in a new separate window whenever you open the shortcut. Otherwise, the website will be opened as a new tab in the browser window you have already opened.
How to Create a Shortcut to a File/Folder
- Go to your computer desktop.
- Right click on any blank area.
- Navigate to the New option.
- Choose Shortcut from the submenu.
- Type the correct path of a file/folder or click on the Browse button.
- Select the target of the shortcut (a file or a folder) and click on the OK button.
- Click on the Next button at the bottom of the Create Shortcut window.
- Type a name for the shortcut or just keep the default name.
- Click on the Finish button and the shortcut will be created immediately.
Create shortcut to a file/folder more easily: open File Explorer -> navigate to the file or folder -> press Alt on the keyboard -> drag and drop the file or folder to the desktop -> release Alt.
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Chrome OS is an operating system developed by Google based on the Linux kernel. It is a reimagining of the Google Chrome web browser and it primarily supports web applications. In other words, this operating system simply functions as a portal for accessing the Internet and facilitating the connections and interactions between users and apps or data stored in the cloud.
Devices based on the Chrome OS—or Chromebooks—are essentially web clients with some mix of thin client and thick client characteristics. They are lightweight and energy-efficient computers optimized for interfacing with server-based or cloud-based computing environment.
The introduction and promotion of Chrome OS and Chromebooks mark the attempt of Google to popularize cloud computing. Nonetheless, although Chrome OS has several noteworthy selling propositions and advantages, it also has several drawbacks or disadvantages that make it less appealing than more established operating systems such as Windows from Microsoft and macOS from Apple.
Pros of Chrome OS: Reasons Why You Should Buy and Use a Chromebook
1. Fast and Smooth Operations
One of the primary advantages of Chrome OS over Windows and macOS is that it is a lightweight operating system that requires minimal hardware specifications to run. In other words, it is both effective and efficient when it comes to utilizing hardware resources.
Manufacturers of Chromebooks also use hardware components to optimize the operation of Chrome OS. For example, these devices use solid-state drives or SSD, thus featuring the many advantages of SSD storage technology. To promote energy efficiency, Chromebooks do not use high-powered processors and other hardware normally found in Windows or Mac computers.
2. Straightforward User Experience
The user interface of this operating system is simple and clean. It is simpler and cleaner than macOS and of course, arguably more straightforward than Windows. Remember that this operating system is simply a web client or in other words, a web browser that runs in a Chromebook.
Setting up the OS is very quick as well. A user only needs to power on his or her Chromebook and log in using his or her Google account to get started. Maintenance is also very minimal. Google updates the operating system automatically and regularly. Unlike in Windows and similar to macOS, apps are also updated via a centralized system.
3. Integration with the Android Pperating System
Another notable advantage of Chrome OS is that more recent Chromebooks now support Android apps. This means that most apps that run on an Android operating system and Android devices can now run in a Chrome OS and supported Chromebooks.
The Android integration also means that the app ecosystem for Chrome OS has greatly expanded. Users can now download and install both from the Chrome Web Store and the Google Play Store.
4. Designed for Average Daily Productivity
Google has made an interesting argument for Chrome OS. It believes that majority of computer users spent most of their time in front of their devices accessing the Internet. Hence, the operating system is built with web browsing and cloud computing in mind.
Of course, the OS is not just a web browser. It runs several productivity apps developed by Google itself. Examples of these include office productivity apps such as Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Drive—the counterpart to Microsoft Office Suite—and Google-branded communication apps such as Gmail and Hangouts. Note that more useful apps are also available via the Chrome Web Store and the Google Play Store.
5. Affordable and Portable Computer
Affordability and portability are two of the main selling points of Chrome OS and Chromebooks. The minimal hardware requirements of the operating system drive down the price of Chromebooks. Note that most of these devices are way cheaper than Windows netbooks or entry-level MacBook computers with a retail price of around $300 to $400.
The inexpensive price points of Chromebooks and their mobility make them ideal for entry-level users such as children and students. With productivity apps available via the Chrome Web Store or Google Play Store, they are also suitable for professionals tasked to handle office productivity applications.
Cons of Chrome OS: Reasons Why You Should Not Buy and Use a Chromebook
1. Not Ideal for Advanced or Heavy Users
One primary drawback of Chrome OS and Chromebooks is their limited computing capabilities. Compared to Windows and Mac devices, Chromebooks are not capable of running resource-intensive apps such as full-featured photo editing and video editing applications.
A Chromebook is also not a gaming device, and Chrome OS is not designed for hardcore gamers. Although there are a large number of game titles available on Chrome Web Store and Google Play Store, prominent game titles available for Windows are not available for Chrome OS due to software and hardware limitations.
2. Better Suited for Fast and Reliable Internet Connection
There are apps for Chrome OS that are developed to run offline. However, remember that the main selling point of this operating system is cloud computing via thin client. Hence, the operating system and Chromebooks are primarily optimized run less resource-intensive apps.
Most Chromebooks do not have large storage spaces. This is why most of the entertainment features of the operating system depend on online streaming services such as YouTube and Netflix for video streaming, or Spotify and Play Music for music streaming. Office productivity apps from Google are also web-based applications.
3. Unnecessary if a User Owns other Devices
Another remarkable disadvantage of Chrome OS and a drawback of buying and owning a Chromebook is redundancy. It would not be cost-effective if a user already owns another device running another operating system such as an iOS device or an Android tablet. Both iOS and Android operating systems have competitive app ecosystems.
Both Chrome OS and Chromebook are also virtually useless if a user already owns a Windows PC or a Mac computer. Note that the Chrome web browser, which is also available for Windows and macOS, can run Chrome OS apps. Both Windows PC and Mac computers, especially the portable variants such as ultrathin Windows laptops or the 12-inch MacBook, have the advantages of Chrome OS and Chromebooks with added features or functionalities.
- After the installation is completed successfully, a new tab will open to show all the apps – including the new ones. The URL is chrome://apps/.