Jul 12, 2012

Does the integration of Google Drive with Chrome OS make it a viable alternative to a traditional laptop?

I see that Google is adding Drive integration to Chrome OS. One thing that seems significant to me is that you will be able to work with your Google Docs files offline, so that you are not out of luck when you have no internet connection to enable you to reach your cloud storage. Has Google reached the point where Chrome OS makes Chromebook a viable alternative to traditional laptops, or is it still too early to consider a Chromebook as a replacement?


In my mind the same issue is still there for Chromebooks that has been there from the start:  They cost too much for what they are.  You can purchase a laptop that can do everything it can do and more for less money, with the possible exception of being as light and elegant.  While they continue to make incremental steps in the right direction, I am not on board yet.  Having offline access is one of the most useful features, and goes a long way towards making a Chromebook something I would consider.  I like the idea of embracing the cloud and doing away with unnecessary hardware, but I would like to see more cost savings as a result.  They are still limited machines for the money.  I would be more likely to get a tablet and a keyboard, to be honest.

I think it totally depends on the needs of each user. For some this will probably be enough, but for others it won't cut it. It's good to see that Google has made this much progress with Chrome OS. This latest move is bound to increase its appeal, even if it doesn't jibe with every single category of user.

Google is making slow but steady progress with Chrome OS.
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