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Elgan: Why Chromebooks will fail

Mike Elgan, Computerworld | May 14, 2011
Chromebooks, the Web-based laptops announced by Google, are supposed to take the complexity out of managing computers for consumers and businesses. Columnist Mike Elgan says they are best for neither.


The Chromebook's cloudy future

Google says one advantage of Chromebooks is that they don't have applications that need to be patched and updated. But that isn't true. Web-based apps get updated. The difference is that those updates happen without the knowledge, consent or control of either the user or the IT administrator.

This reminds me of the myth that cloud computing doesn't involve servers or hard drives. Of course it does.

The Chromebook proposition is not the absence of software, patches, servers and hard drives. It's the removal of these things from your control.

Who wants that?

The Chromebook idea sounds cool in theory. But in practice, a cloud-based laptop isn't best for consumers, and it's not best for business. The Chromebook will fail.


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