The Chromebook

In 2011 Samsung released an innovative computer known as a Chromebook. It implements a number of the ideas that I talk about in Chapter 7, the chapter that describes cloud computing. The Chromebook is a computer that is similar to the early netbooks in that it has a solid state memory with the storage of documents being mainly held in the cloud. The user interface is through the Chrome browser rather through an operating system such as Windows .  This is the first computer that directly implements the cloud technologies that are becoming so important.  Here’s the Amazon page that describes the hardware (many of the purchasers seem very enthusiastic). I’m not predicting a future for such products yet. However, if we see major increases in broadband speed over the next five years I suspect that such a computer will become close to the norm.  It certainly is light, has few security problems and boots up quickly.


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