How does Chrome OS differ from Windows?
For one thing, it boots faster: With no BIOS startup process, a Chromebook needs only eight seconds (Google claims) to ready itself for use. And unlike Windows, where the substantial majority of programs reside natively on the local hard drive, Chrome OS emphasizes the downloading and opening of Web applications, including Gmail and Google Docs, via the Chrome Brower. Because its center of gravity is in the cloud, the first Chromebooks feature 16GB SSDs (solid-state drives)óin other words, not a whole lot of memory for people who want to use a laptop for storing lots of media and rich documents. Battery life is around eight hours for both Samsungís and Acerís models.