Also remember that the Chromebooks' specs include a 4-in-1 memory card slot and 16GB of internal flash storage -- another way to "cache" files. If you're wondering how you'd find locally stored files without a traditional desktop, Chrome OS has a file manager modeled after those found on Windows and Mac computers. And Pichai also essentially gave the go-ahead for users to hack Chromebooks for those who are looking to add more flexibility to Chrome OS.
Many casual users might choose a comparably priced iPad over a Chromebook, and, after hearing about the Chromebook's "dependence" on the Internet, businesses may avoid these products for fear of failure. But Chromebooks aren't the Web-crawling hobby-horses many suspect. With Chrome OS being nearly virus-proof, its impressive suite of office productivity apps that are akin to if not better than Microsoft's, and Google's innovative pricing structure that allows businesses to receive free hardware upgrades every three years on constantly updated operating systems for $28 per month, Chromebooks may just be the next best solution for small to medium-sized businesses looking to untether from Microsoft Office.