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galen  ·  2118 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Microsoft heads back to the desktop.

Exactly. Until Google Drive(/Docs?) integrates all the features of MS Office or comparable high-end suites (which is a long way off), a Chromebook doesn't actually serve the needs of the average user. Sure, it works for a casual user that just wants to surf the Internet, but a lot of people can't do what they need to without a variety of third-party programs.

I wouldn't consider myself a "computer junkie" or anything, but I could never use a Chromebook as anything other than a backup PC -- when I got this new computer, the first thing I did was install LibreOffice (which is between MSO and GD in terms of functionality), iTunes, Spotify, Skype, and a host of other programs that I use just often enough to warrant their installation.

And the thing about Chromebooks is that because they do have a niche, and they occupy it very well, Google doesn't have all that much incentive to develop them into full-fledged computers. When people are buying enough to secure your profit margin, it's very hard to justify the sort of extensive development that would be required for a Chromebook to replace my PC.

cgod  ·  2118 days ago  ·  link  ·  

LibreOffice and Skype are available for ChromOS I believe. I don't know about Spotify (I think it has a Chrome browser app) and am pretty sure that I tunes isn't compatible. I guess you could have a Linux distro in dual boot or even an MS dual boot. You can run a remote link to your powerful MS, Mac or Linux box back home and get some more functionality out of a chromebook but it sounds like a hassle. But there isn't much of anything that ChromeOS brings to the table that doesn't have a more robust set of applications for Mac or PC, it might have some stuff that isn't available in Linux but I'm sure that Linux wins out more than it losses.