still unsure why Google is continuing with its Chrome OS rather than rolling
its cloud efforts into Android. Chrome is focused on netbooks, which we view as
a dying product category," Misek wrote May 13.
disputes netbook sales have waned in the advent of Apple's iPad, but there is
still a major use case for them, argued Yankee Group analyst Zeus Kerravala.
hew well to the cloud-computing model, they are largely for media consumption,
such as watching movies or playing games, Kerravala wrote in a blog
users still rely on laptops, most of which run Windows "built for an era
of portability and not mobility with an optimized user experience." The
Chromebook, he maintained, offers the accessibility of cloud-hosted content
with the comfortable input mechanism of the keyboard.
research is focused around the thesis that the companies that find a way to
provide a high-quality, connected user experience will be the long-term winners
in this era of pervasive connectivity," Kerravala added. "With that
understanding, Chrome OS gives Google a legitimate shot at taking some
corporate share from Microsoft."
after all, been one of Google's goals with Google Apps. Now, it has the OS
platform and hardware vehicles with which to drive its applications in the
noted that Google has still not solved the problem of using Google Apps while
offline the way users may do with Microsoft Office.
noted that eschewing traditional PC applications will narrow the scope of
Chromebooks, making them mostly unsuitable for everyday business use at this
Google Chrome Senior Vice President of Product Management Sundar Pichai noted
that offline support for Gmail, Google Docs, Google Calendar and dozens of
other applications are forthcoming.
hybrid architectures using cloud+offline to be the prevailing norm for a long
time to come, and I am going to guess that Windows will start featuring more
and more cloud services in its next release," Hilwa added.