Google Chromebook vs Windows RT

Posted: October 23, 2012 in Uncategorized

The Google Chromebook will fail to gain broad market acceptance, and here’s why:

The Chromebook looks like a traditional Windows laptop, is marketed like one and it’s operating system even looks similar to Windows (go figure, Google can’t design anything original).

The problem is that while it looks like a Windows laptop and even takes design cues from Windows but it can’t run any of the same software that Windows users already own and equivalent options don’t yet exist.

Its public knowledge that Google’s Achilles Heal is developing APIs, programming languages and cant or doesn’t care to develop their own “look and feel.”

Heck, Google is now even copying Microsoft’s Bing search engine algorithms! Sad.

So, while the Chromebook has the look and feel of a PC, Microsoft’s Surface RT does not and therefore customers will not expect Surface RT, or other Windows RT based devices to run legacy “desktop” apps.

It’s inevitable that there will be notebooks that run Windows RT and even if these future RT devices looks like a laptop on the outside, the new Windows 8 looks different and unique. It will be easier for consumers to have a disconnect, shift their expectations and know what they are buying.

Over time, Windows RT will mature and more and more newer apps will run on both RT and Windows 8. As a matter of fact, with little effort, new Windows apps will also run on Windows Phone.

So, the current Chromebook from Samsung and Google is no threat to Microsoft and in it’s current form or will pose no threat to Apple.

Moat people who purchase a Chromebook will return them to them to their retailers, we have only have to look back in time 3-4 years ago when netbooks were sold with Linux and not Microsoft Windows. Even when a version of netbooks did ship with Windows was added to people still didn’t like keep them because they were too slow or their screens were too small.

Good bye Chromebook, yellow Surface RT.

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  1. saqrkhan says:

    Won’t be long until we see Windows devices coming in at $249.99 or $299.99 with touchscreen. Already ASUS is bringing in a $499 laptop with an 11.6 inch touchscreen, but that is running on Intel Core i3. I am sure it’d be cheaper if it ran on Clover Trail or even AMD’s Hondo chip.

  2. mister says:

    I’m a hardcore Windows power user and I also have a the latest Chromebook.
    There are a bunch of deficiencies in Chrome OS, however, when it comes to work productivity, word processing, emails, spreadsheets, speed of use, it easily rivals the best Windows software.
    Regarding the latest Samsung Chromebook itself, the portabilility, complete silence, battery life completely outweighs the best ultrabooks out there for a fraction of the price.

    Chrome OS isn’t for power users, and a do it all system. However, for work, I only use the Chromebook because it is all that I need.

    My point is don’t criticize the chromebook unless you’ve tried it.

    • I think if you reread my post you will find it difficult to find where I have criticized the Chromebook.

      What I did criticize, and maybe didn’t do a good enough job doing, is that most people who find the Chromebook at Walmart for $250 will not understand it is not a Windows PC and in turn will have different expectations than you do – an informed power user.

      Look, the future is ARM, there doesn’t seem to be any doubt that this is the trajectory of Apple, MS and Google.

      My point for writing this editorial was in response to reading many articles saying how people will be purchasing a Surface RT or other RT device and be disappointed that it can not run “Windows software” and show that while that is possible and likely to happen, it is also possible and maybe more likely that people will buy the Samsung Chromebook and think it too will run Windows desktop apps because it looms like a Windows laptop and not like an Android tablet.

      • mister says:

        This is where I disagree with your speculation of Chrome not gaining broad market acceptance.
        First, the Chromebook is primarily marketed towards students and people needing a 3rd computer. However in the last days, it has been marketed for “everyone”. And I see a reason for that.
        Power users like us are only a small population of computer users. You forget the sheer percentage of people who have absolutely no idea how to make a computer works. In itself, Windows is daunting for first time users, or people who have no desire or time to learn. Most of them only want to check emails or surf the web, and not get the hassle of virus. Proof? MacOs and the iPhone phenomenon. Apple is overpriced, but their marketing genius has somehow overcome that.
        Chrome OS isn’t a bad OS, it is limited, but very efficient in doing what it does best: word processing, surfing the web, spreadsheets, fast note taking. While Linux had a lot of negative comments about how difficult it is to use, Chrome hasn’t any of that.
        Next, price point is extremely important. Until lately chromebooks were too expensive, which prevented it from people even trying to give it a chance. And now at 249$, it has become affordable, more like “common people” or “Walmart people” affordable. And most of those mainstream people are complete noobs when it comes to computer.
        Just look at how the Nexus 4 sold out, just because the price was just right for a somewhat high end smartphone. Or the popularity of the Nexus Tab…. or the popularity of the netbook because of Asus agressive pricepoint and the fact it was what most people needed (ie. surfing).
        Now you look at the latest Chromebook, at its stylish ultrabook design for a fraction of a true Ultrabook. And in no way will you see such aggressive price points in other Ultrabooks. There is a reason Asus will be pulling out of the netbook market: not enough profit.

        So only time will tell how ChromeOS will fare, but getting the price right is the best step taken so far.

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