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  • It's 2016, and Chrome OS is ascendant

    Posted June 18, 2012 - 4:11 pm

    The fat client desktop system has ruled computing for 30 years. Could Google Chrome OS and other cloud-based, thin-client systems dominate the next 30?
  • Google polishes Chrome OS

    Posted June 11, 2012 - 1:46 pm

    A year ago, I wrote that the first Chromebooks felt more like a science project than a strategic product. They were interesting but of little practical value. A lot has changed since then, and while I wouldn't say that Google has developed a truly compelling device, it has shown that the Chromebook and its underlying Chrome OS are evolving.
  • Clearing up a few myths about the newly renovated Chrome OS

    Posted April 16, 2012 - 12:34 pm

    Now that Google’s released a developer preview of Chrome OS’ almost entirely new look, it feels like a good time to do some Q&A.
  • Chrome OS gets a desktop feel with new 'Aura' interface

    Posted April 11, 2012 - 7:37 am

    Google's Linux-based Chrome OS may have started out as a pared-down operating system focused heavily on the browser, but a new interface that debuted on Monday is starting to feel a lot more traditional.
  • Chromebooks are the electric car of laptops

    Posted January 27, 2012 - 1:41 pm

    The Chromebook looks right now to the average laptop buyer like an all-electric car looks to the average car buyer: full of what-if questions and untested theories of living
  • Microsoft: Why innovate when you can litigate?

    Posted October 24, 2011 - 8:18 am

    Amidst cries of "patent troll," Microsoft shows off its newest revenue stream, Android patent agreements, while also invoking common cause with Apple and Oracle's lawsuits.
  • Review

    Google's Chrome OS and Samsung's Chromebook

    Posted June 15, 2011 - 10:29 am

    Could you ditch your computer operating system and live entirely in your browser? That's the question Google is asking with its new Chrome OS Chromebooks -- and it isn't an easy one to answer.
  • Review

    Review: Samsung Series 5 Chromebook

    Posted June 10, 2011 - 7:24 pm

    Maybe it's just ahead of its time, or maybe the world will never want a laptop that does little more than run a browser.
  • Google establishes Chrome OS center in Taipei

    Posted May 31, 2011 - 5:21 am

    Google has established a software engineering center in Taipei to work with Asian laptop makers on computers running its Chrome OS, a Google executive said Tuesday.
  • 5 unanswered questions about Chromebooks

    Posted May 13, 2011 - 6:00 pm

    Google is attempting to reinvent mobile computing with its Chromebook, but despite all of the features and analysis available to us, there are still some important questions yet to be answered. We won't know about some important aspects of the Chrome OS laptops until we get our hands on one, and other questions are largely about the viability and reliability of laptops that are entirely web-based. Here are five of the top unanswered questions.
  • Chromebooks to ship with offline versions of Google Apps

    Posted May 12, 2011 - 12:47 pm

    One of the problems with the marketability of the Chromebook -- that it only functions when connected to the Internet -- is also a misunderstanding. Google's Chrome OS doesn't have any locally installed apps like a word processor or spreadsheet manager, so many believe that Chromebooks are dependent on and useless without Wi-Fi or cellular data connectivity. But when Chromebooks ship on June 15, they'll come packaged with offline versions of Gmail, Docs, and Google Calendar.
  • Google I/O Day 2. It's all about the Chrome [video]

    Posted May 12, 2011 - 7:53 am

    Google I/O is so big it needs two keynotes! On Tuesday we heard all about Android and Google TV. Wednesday's keynote was devoted to Chrome and Chrome OS. And the first Chromebooks were announced!
  • Google: Chrome OS could someday duel with Android

    Posted May 11, 2011 - 5:48 pm

    Company official acknowledges potential competition as both teams spread their technology around
  • Google launches Chrome OS, says Windows is 'torturing users'

    Posted May 11, 2011 - 5:27 pm

    Google co-founder Sergey Brin said Windows and other traditional PC operating systems are "torturing users" at Google's Chrome OS launch event Wednesday, where the company claimed 75% of business users can be converted from Windows to Chrome OS right away.
  • Chrome OS laptops: Google makes businesses a sweet offer

    Posted May 11, 2011 - 4:41 pm

    The spotlight on Day Two of the Google I/O developer event here in San Francisco was firmly on the company's Chrome OS. After six months in which only a prototype was available, laptops running Google's Chrome operating system will finally come to market for consumers, businesses and education.
  • Video

    Google Chrome notebooks due in June from Acer, Samsung

    Posted May 11, 2011 - 2:05 pm

    Samsung and Acer will begin selling notebook PCs running Google's Chrome OS in June, as Google presses ahead with its project to position this new operating system designed specifically for Web applications as a viable option for consumers and businesses.
  • Morning wrap: Microsoft's Skype buy was stupid, or maybe not

    Posted May 10, 2011 - 10:01 am

    Is the move all about mobile?
  • Chrome notebook details start slipping out

    Posted April 29, 2011 - 12:13 pm

    As Google's mid-2011 target for the first Chrome OS notebooks draws closer, we're starting to see some whispers about what these browser-based machines will entail.
  • Google to give away notebooks for monthly subscription

    Posted April 21, 2011 - 4:44 pm

    If the recent rumors are true, you'll soon be able to get a Chrome OS notebook as a subscription from Google for $10-$20 a month.
  • Chrome OS nears release, but where's netbooks?

    Posted April 18, 2011 - 10:37 am

    Google's Chrome operating system for netbooks has been in the works for a while, but the company finally seems ready for a May launch. The company launched a stable developer channel for Chrome OS last week, fueling speculation that devices with the software would be announced in May at Google I/O conference, possibly shipping by summer, as the company previously promised.
  • Chrome OS coming to tablets, but why?

    Posted April 8, 2011 - 7:22 am

    A long time ago Google said something about bringing Chrome OS to tablets, but with the push towards Honeycomb I'd assumed that project was dead. Not so. The latest build of Chrome OS sports a virtual keyboard and other indicators that Chrome OS tablets are headed our way. Frankly, I'm not sure what they're thinking.
  • Chrome OS netbook From Asus coming in June, report says

    Posted March 17, 2011 - 12:39 pm

    Computer maker Asus may launch a 10-inch netbook this June for $200-$250 powered by Google Chrome OS or possibly Android 3.0, current online rumors suggest. The device would have a single core Intel Atom chip and be targeted for people who want to use basic productivity applications or browse the Web, according to Taiwan-based Digitimes.
  • Review

    Google Chromebook: The good, the bad, and the beta

    Posted February 2, 2011 - 10:14 am

    When Google first started giving away the Cr-48 in early December, lots of reviewers posted their first impressions after driving the Chromebook around the block a couple of times. We’ve taken the Chromebook out on a two-month test drive to see how it performs in real-world conditions.
  • Can HP reignite the netbook market with webOS netbooks?

    Posted January 17, 2011 - 5:59 pm

    In preparation of its upcoming webOS announcement, HP put up a training site for mobile carrier sales associates. The site specifically references various webOS devices including smartphones, tablets, and netbooks.
  • People still want Android on laptops, for some reason

    Posted January 7, 2011 - 1:30 pm

    People want the thing they want, and they want it everywhere, despite all evidence that this is a bad idea.
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