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Google's ChromeBook has a lot of benefits over the windows system, with the computing experience minus the viruses, being a million times faster, faster boot up time, and more.

What do you guys think? Is Google onto something here for a full Windows/Microsoft take over. Maybe Google's Chromebook will become the new "standard" for computing just like Windows has been for the past couple decades.


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couldn't pass this chance to share some info i had regarding this topic.

a article i was reading last week was saying the Chromebook will kill the PC and Windows OS within 10 years...

Zero-maintenance computers such as the Chromebook will kill the PC and Windows within 10 years, delivering a punch to the solar plexus of Microsoft's (Nasdaq: MSFT ) core Windows business. Apple's (Nasdaq: AAPL ) Mac business is no safer, while Red Hat (NYSE: RHT ) should continue as it has, since much of its operating system software powers servers.

Sound crazy? Maybe it is, but Google's (Nasdaq: GOOG ) plan to outfit businesses with low-cost, zero-maintenance Chromebooks shows signs of a classic technology disruption. Here's a closer look at the two most important factors.

1. The rise of on-demand models
Consider all the ways you consume on-demand computing without even thinking about it:

Google executes 3,832 searches per second.

Twitter serves more than 90 million tweets a day.

More than 20 million log into Xbox Live daily.

And Netflix (Nasdaq: NFLX ) accounts for close to 30% of downstream Internet traffic during peak hours.

And that's just a sampling. I'm not even counting Sony's (NYSE: SNE ) PlayStation Network, so popular that recent outages resulted in a global uproar. There's also Facebook to consider. More than 600 million people associate themselves with the site. Of that, I'd guess 100 million spend at least four days of every month glued to The Social Network. As consumers, our attitudes have changed. We're consumed with consumption of Web services.

Corporately, IDC estimates that the market for business services delivered via the public cloud will grow from $16 billion last year to $56 billion by 2014. Others say the market will expand to be worth more than $100 billion before the end of that year. Either way, IT departments are committing more funds to deploying software via the Web.

2. Start-ups starting without infrastructure
Venture capitalists appear to be equally bullish on cloud computing. More than once during my recent trip to Silicon Valley with Motley Fool Rule Breakers teammate Karl Thiel, I heard entrepreneurs and corporate insiders talking of how VCs are demanding that portfolio companies run operations in the cloud.

I can't be sure this is broad policy among Silicon Valley venture capital firms, but the stories ring true, if only for efficiency's sake. Subscription models cost less up front, leaving plenty of capital to hire coders and a sales team. Start-ups that produce more also sell more, and in the process position themselves for IPOs and buyouts. So even if there isn't a broad policy, it makes sense for entrepreneurs to go as light as possible.

Now imagine what happens when the handful of these companies that are going to be successful actually succeed. Will they abandon the cloud? I doubt it. If anything, they'll enhance their cloud infrastructure with some in-house gear and maybe some custom software, but even then, it'll be building from the outside in, rather than the reverse.

Meet your new best friend, the browser
Each trend points toward a browser-based, Chromebook-friendly future that prizes zero-maintenance computing for users, and places the IT burden on data-center operators and software developers. The resulting shift stands to alter the entire computing value chain, not to mention long-standing pricing models.

You can imagine Google cheering this idea. Apple is also preparing for this future via iOS devices. But Microsoft, Adobe (Nasdaq: ADBE ) , and other PC-dependent software makers who like big-ticket sales, are banking the future they're banking on.

Yet what can they do? There will always be software to buy and computers to own, but now that CFOs have proven willing to rent rather than buy infrastructure, it's only a matter of time before the PC gets shoved out Corporate America's back door.

Do you agree? Disagree? Let us know what you think about the future of the PC, cloud computing pricing models, and Google's strategy using the comments box below.
after reading that ^ it does seem like such a thing can happen.

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Mr. Gadget yep i read that too. Very good article, however who knows how technology will look alike in 20 years?

20 years is a long time, by then technology we never thought of or never though could exists, will! Technology is developing all the time at a fast rate.

It's like DVD's took over videos, etc. And they didn't know how well that would go over. Technology just keeps changing, and there's not stopping it.
So true. Everyone is trying to come up with that million dollar idea with technology. Only thing, Google is in the spot light with this idea for now. Other companies will catch on.

Cough cough microsoft cough cough (see below)

I think that Chrome book will not be able to fully displace a traditional OS until there is a service available in the mainstream that allows traditional software to be hosted as a webapp at a reasonable cost.
ChromeBook specifically wont do it, the Idea just might.

When Google unveiled Chromebooks at the Google I/O developer conference earlier in the month, the presenters logged into the Chrome OS machines using one of Microsoft’s Senior Director’s names: “Tom Rizzo”.

This subtlety didn’t go unnoticed by the man in charge of Microsoft’s online services business. Network world had a chat with the man after he was briefed on the demo, “Me logging into a Chromebook will never be a reality” he said, calling the Microsoft vs. Google spat “a little fun rivalry”.

He also disputed Google’s claims that three quarters of business users will swap their Windows based notebooks for Chromebooks, and the cloud-based tools provided by Google.

“Chromebooks don’t change the game at all from a productivity standpoint. Excel is just a million years ahead of what Google Docs provides.”

He then went on to state that Microsoft had stole the show again yesterday with the announcement from CEO Steve Ballmer that Windows 8 will launch next year and power “slates, tablets, PCs, a variety of different form factors”.

So it seems that there is a bit of a rivalry brewing between Microsoft and Google, and with Google announcing that a desktop version of the Chromebook will be released – should Microsoft be looking over their shoulder, or are Google out of their depth playing with one of the big boys in the computer world?
taken from here: Microsoft has no fear of the Google Chromebooks | Gadget Helpline UK: Gadget News, Gadget Help, Gadget manuals, Gadget blog. The UK?s number one gadget support club
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