Chromebook Vs Windows

The one reason you should consider buying a Chromebook over a Windows or Mac laptop

By on August 14, 2014 at 1:14 PM.

The one reason you should consider buying a Chromebook over a Windows or Mac laptop

When Google first announced its plans to offer a lightweight, browser-like operating system, pundits had a field day. Why go up against Windows? Why not use Android? Fast-forward to today, and you’ll find that sales of inexpensive Chromebooks are climbing faster than almost anyone expected, particularly in schools. It makes sense, of course – why should a school spend twice as much on a Windows machine when a cheap Chromebook can get the job done?

For personal use, Windows notebooks and Apple’s MacBook laptops are seen by many as the obvious choice over Chromebooks because they are so much more powerful and flexible. As it turns out, however, Chromebooks’ biggest weakness might also be their greatest strength. More →

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iPad vs. Chromebook For Students

Teachers explain why they’re ditching iPads for ‘much more useful’ Chromebooks

By on August 6, 2014 at 3:25 PM.

Teachers explain why they’re ditching iPads for ‘much more useful’ Chromebooks

As popular as the iPad has been for end consumers, schools have also been a major part of the tablet’s success. Ever since Apple launched the iPad in 2010, schools all over the country have experimented with placing them in classrooms or giving them to students to bring home with them. The Atlantic reports that although many institutions were initially satisfied with the results, many are now beginning to see the potential upshot of affordable laptops over expensive tablets. More →

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Google Chromebook Updates

Google is bringing Android to your Chromebook

By on June 25, 2014 at 1:58 PM.

Google is bringing Android to your Chromebook

Google is giving the Chromebook line a major boost with enhanced Android integration. Stealing the spotlight on Amazon, all 10 of the top 10 highest rated laptops are Chromebooks. The popularity of the device has been growing rapidly, and now Google has some significant updates in store for Chrome OS. More →

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Chromebook Discount

Google issues new Chromebook deals to celebrate the death of Windows XP support

By on April 9, 2014 at 7:30 AM.

Google issues new Chromebook deals to celebrate the death of Windows XP support

Google’s low-cost, light-duty Chromebooks have been taking schools by storm. They’re also seen as terrific options for consumers on the hunt for a cheap web browsing box. The question of whether or not Chromebooks are suitable for the workplace, however, is a topic of much debate. That certainly won’t stop Google from making a big push in the enterprise market though, and the company on Tuesday evening announced a few new deals intended to lure enterprise users over to the Chrome side. More →

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Windows Apps On Chrome OS

Microsoft’s worst nightmare has been realized: Windows apps are coming to Chrome OS

By on February 13, 2014 at 9:15 AM.

Microsoft’s worst nightmare has been realized: Windows apps are coming to Chrome OS

Microsoft’s worst nightmare used to be a world where the media tablet category got so hot that it ate into PC sales. That nightmare is no longer a nightmare, however, because it has become a reality. Taking its place, then, is a world where computers powered by Google’s Chrome OS are just as capable and versatile as Windows computers. Unfortunately for the Redmond, Washington-based technology giant, that nightmare has become a reality as well. More →

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Chromebook School Sales Analysis

It’s official: Microsoft has a reason to fear Chromebooks

By on January 24, 2014 at 10:00 PM.

It’s official: Microsoft has a reason to fear Chromebooks

We were surprised last year when Microsoft started launching an anti-Chromebook ad campaign because, quite frankly, we’d never see anyone really use a Chromebook in the wild before and Chromebooks were nowhere to be found on usage statistics published by NetMarketShare. A few weeks later, however, we started hearing stories about Chromebook usage surging in schools although we didn’t have any real data to back up such claims. Now, however, The Wall Street Journal directs our attention to new research from Futuresource Consulting showing that Chromebooks’ share of the K-12 market for tablets and laptops exploded from just 1% in 2012 to 19% in 2013. What’s more, Windows’s share of the same market declined from 47.5% to 28% over the same period. More →

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Chromebook School Sales Analysis

Microsoft might have reason to fear Chromebooks after all

By on January 3, 2014 at 7:25 PM.

Microsoft might have reason to fear Chromebooks after all

Late last year, we wondered why Microsoft was seemingly wasting its time bashing Chromebooks, the low-cost browser-based laptops that have barely registered in consumer sales figures. However, Fortune’s Michael Helft writes that Chromebooks have the potential to give Microsoft major headaches in one of its important markets: Schools. In particular, Helft says that his sons’ school district has started buying up Chromebooks instead of PCs and he says that they’re delivering some real advantages. More →

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iPad Android Tablet Sales 2013

Ballmer’s nightmare: Chromebooks saw huge business sales growth in 2013

By on December 31, 2013 at 8:30 AM.

Ballmer’s nightmare: Chromebooks saw huge business sales growth in 2013

Despite the rise of Android devices, Apple has managed to keep up its position atop the U.S. tablet market for years. But as 2013 draws to a close, the disparity between the two major players in the market has grown smaller than ever. According to new research from The NPD Group, Android tablet sales in commercial channels in the U.S. jumped more than 160% from 2012, capturing 8.7% of personal computing device sales between January and November this year. Apple did manage to beat out its competition once again, but the iPad’s market share actually decreased from 17.1% last year to 15.8% in 2013. Even with the release of two brand new iPad models, Apple is beginning to feel the pressure from Android and Windows vendors, which are leaving their mark with some solid tablets of their own. More →

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Opinions
Microsoft Anti-Chromebook Campaign

Why is Microsoft wasting its time bashing Chromebooks? [updated]

By on December 6, 2013 at 3:23 PM.

Why is Microsoft wasting its time bashing Chromebooks? [updated]

So it seems that Microsoft has put together yet another ad bashing Google’s line of Chromebooks. The Verge’s Tom Warren says this aggressive line of attack raises a key question: Why in God’s name is Microsoft actually worried about Chromebooks? I’ve tried to figure this out myself and I have not been able to come up with anything resembling a logical answer. More →

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Microsoft Scroogled Chromebook Ad

Video: Microsoft’s latest Scroogled maneuver may be its lamest yet

By on November 26, 2013 at 1:10 PM.

Video: Microsoft’s latest Scroogled maneuver may be its lamest yet

Microsoft’s Scroogled ad campaign has never been all that clever and it may have reached a new level of lameness with its latest ad that targets Chromebooks, Google’s cheap browser-centric laptop alternatives that some estimates have claimed are selling even worse than Microsoft’s first-generation Surface RT. The ad depicts a woman trying to sell her Chromebook off in a pawn shop only to be laughed out of the building because the device is “not a real laptop.” The pawn shop owner then goes off on a long diatribe about how Google is using Chromebooks to scoop up customer data that it will use for advertisements, which is of course something that Microsoft would never do to its users. Why Microsoft is wasting its time targeting a device that is barely on most consumers’ radars is anyone’s guess but you can watch the whole video below. More →

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Google Haswell Chromebooks Release Date

New Haswell-based Chromebooks to release ‘in the coming months’

By on September 11, 2013 at 7:30 PM.

New Haswell-based Chromebooks to release ‘in the coming months’

Windows 8 tablets aren’t the only devices that are about to get a battery boost from Intel’s Haswell processors. Google announced on Wednesday that new Chromebooks from Acer, HP, Asus and Toshiba would be available “in the coming months.” Most importantly, the new browser-centric laptops would feature Intel’s Haswell processors, which means that they should receive a significant boost in battery life. Although Google has positioned Chromebooks as low-cost alternatives to traditional laptops, there is little evidence that they’ve caught on as the company had hoped. Research from NetMarketShare posted earlier this year suggests that Chrome OS is used even less frequently than Windows RT, so it seems that Google has a way to go to convince people to buy laptops that almost exclusively serve as interfaces for web browsers.

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Google Chromebook Shipments

Chromebook shipments set to explode in second half

By on July 16, 2013 at 6:00 PM.

Chromebook shipments set to explode in second half

Google is capitalizing on Microsoft’s failure to revitalize the PC industry with Windows 8. While traditional PCs are having their worst year to date, shipments of Chromebooks are expected to double and in some cases triple in the second half of the year. According to a report from Digitimes, Chromebook orders from Acer will increase by three-fold while Samsung will raise its orders by 400%. HP and Lenovo are also expected to increase shipments from the first half of the year. Chromebooks are the fastest growing PC market segment, with offerings from Samsung and Acer capturing 20% to 25% of the sub-$300 PC market. The growth of Google’s low-cost laptops has also been noticed by other PC vendors such as ASUS, which will release its first Chromebook model later this year.

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Google Chromebook Market Share

Google’s Chromebooks are now the fastest growing PC market segment

By on July 10, 2013 at 8:15 PM.

Google’s Chromebooks are now the fastest growing PC market segment

It would appear Google’s increased marketing efforts that sought to bolster Chromebooks sales have paid off. According to data from market research firm NPD Group, the low-cost computers have captured between 20% and 25% of the sub-$300 laptop market in U.S. in the past eight months. The firm noted that Chromebooks are now the fastest growing segment of the PC market based on price, Bloomberg reported. NPD analyst Stephen Baker explained that Google will likely continue to benefit from the growth of the sub-$300 PC market, which is expected to increase more than 10% in 2013. By comparison, the PC industry as a whole is forecasted to see negative growth of -7.8% this year. Google’s Chrome OS has given PC makers a glimmer of hope, and has helped it lure some of Microsoft’s key vendor partners like Lenovo and HP, both of which have now begun to sell Chromebooks.

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