The world seems to be so much focused on media tablets now so we seem to forget the alternatives.
Son: I bought a Google Chrome Computer the other day
Son: Why not?
Me: If I remember right you can only run it through the Google Chrome browser. No applications, no storage…?
Son: So what? Of course I have applications but not locally stored. Everything is on the web in “the cloud”
Me: Ok, ok but where do you save all your files?
Son: What files? I have no files.
Me: You have more files than I have!
Son: I have content. Pictures at Flickr and Picasa. Videos at YouTube and others. Documents at Google Doc. Programming and source code at github.com and so on.
Me: Hmmm. But you have some files that are not so easy to categorize right?
Son: I also have for instance Dropbox or box.net if I want.
Me: But what happen if you have no internet connection?
Son: In that case I can’t do much but there are HTML5 applications that can be run offline. I can answer emails and work with documents offline. I am almost never offline and I have other computers. In fact I have my own server!
Son: I don’t think so. 99% of the time I can use my Chrome Computer without problems.
Me: Why not just buy an media tablet with a keyboard and get all the Apps as well?
Son: The best question so far! Yes, I thought about it but I wanted to try this concept when “everyone” else is trying iPads.
I suddenly felt very old but I’m recovered now
Well, Google have a point with their cloud computer but maybe a bit early for enterprises. From a security standpoint the Chrome computer is more secure than anything else. There are some shortcomings of course. The available applications are not even close to iPads and Android tablets. With the HTML5 the situation will probably slowly change however.
The comparison with media tablets is not so far off. They are both internet focused. They both start up and close down immediately. I have a feeling that we will see combinations of both these concepts in the future.
- Chromebook Day: You Can Finally By A Google Chrome OS Computer (Sort Of) (searchengineland.com)
- Chromebooks now available to enterprise and education customers with a pay-once option (engadget.com)