The Google Chrome Book is making headlines with it’s simplicity. This may be the first desktop with a legitimate offering to replace Microsoft’s stronghold on schools, business, and enterprise computing. The Chrome Book loads directly into a web browser. The days of the desktop, as Google believes, is numbered.
From Wired Magazine:
“With kids, they flip the lid and they are online,” Wente-Chany said. “They don’t spend eight minutes booting up and authenticating with the network,” which she described as a waste of classroom time.
The Google Chrome Book is to be released on June 15th.
I did have a personal chance to play with the Google Beta version of the Chrome Book. It was very basic, which took some time getting used to. I had some concerns, such as being able to use it properly in cases where internet streaming wasn’t an option, or be able to go off-line with it to read documents on a plane. But, admittedly, that probably isn’t a goal for the users of the Chrome Book. It targets a very specific audience, one that I am not currently a part of. But for classrooms, I can see it as being particularly effective.
What do you think of the Chrome Book and the impact it will have with students, and all other consumers?