Understanding Google's Chrome Operating SystemOn June 15, 2011, Google will introduce its Chrome operating system on two new computers. One system is being made by Samsung and another is being made by Acer. Features will vary between the two devices as will pricing. However, the most important aspect of what Google is going to try to accomplish is not the hardware that will distinguish the Chromebooks, but its new, untried Chrome OS.

Yes, Google has sent out thousands of its Chrome OS enabled notebooks to be beta tested in the field. I received mine in mid-December and have now had ample time to test, diagnose problems, and use the system as I would use my personal laptop system.

The most important reason why Google Chrome OS is different than Windows or OS X is that there is no hard drive on a Chromebook. Files that we traditionally would store on our computers are, instead, stored in the cloud. The second most noticeable difference is that the Google Chrome OS is a browser and depends on applications to perform specific functions.

So what is the main attraction of the Google Chrome OS?

It fast boots in about 10 seconds or less.

There is no Windows, OS X, or Linux operating system.

All of your stuff is stored online. If your notebook is stolen, you can still success your important documents online from any computer.

If you already have a Gmail account, this will be your Chrome OS ID.

The Chrome notebooks are smaller and lighter than a traditional laptop.

What are the main disadvantages of the Google Chrome OS?

You may not like having to store your stuff on a Google server.

You must either have a Wi-Fi or 3G connection for the system to function properly. Note: Google states it is working to have Google Documents, plus other features working offline.

The cost of a Chrome notebook — between $350 to $500 –may seem high to some, since Windows powered netbooks are less expensive.

The most important question that consumers will be asking is if a Chrome OS notebook will be right for what they need to accomplish or not? Not having an Internet connection at all times could be a deal breaker for some. I personally see the Chrome notebooks as a supplement to a desktop or laptop computer and not a replacement to either. Just my two cents’ worth.

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