We are getting the use of brand spanking new Google Chromebooks later on today. As far as I know we get to keep them for the year and we will give feedback as to how we found them and how amazing they are! I thought I would stick down a few thoughts regarding my expectations before I actually get mine, as it could be useful to look back on in the review stage! They are mainly presumptions and queries!
It seems like this is a whole new way of doing things that takes advantage of the buzz concept of the moment. The Cloud.
A lot of people think that Apple invented the (i)Cloud. But in reality a cloud is really just somewhere remote that you can store data. Gmail for example has been storing all our emails in a “cloud” for years.
But having an entire laptop run off a cloud is exciting. Its bound to be a lot faster. With nothing actually stored on your laptop and no memory taken up, there will be no need for it to boot up?
All your information is a lot safer because even if you lose (or throw into a river) your laptop, your data will remain in the cloud. It also means that you could switch devices really easily. Say you were working on your Chromebook at work. You could then easily make changes to the same work via your phone.
It removes the need for an operating system like microsoft which is really interesting. I wonder what their response will be. I presume this is the direction that all computers are going now? That means there will be no updating of software, as everything will be ungraded automatically in the cloud. Presumably that means that there will have to be some kind of on going support charge?
I presume that it will come automatically connected to all of Googles products?
But does that mean that your laptop is going to be constantly connected to the internet? What if you have no internet? What does this mean for marketing? Are people going to be more reachable now?
Hmmmmmm I am excited!