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Johnnythegeek
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8/11/2014 | 4:56:46 PM
But where is the stats?
I keep reading these great numbers on Chromebook sales. But the web stats do not even show a blimp of Chrome OS usage as yet? Could it be that while those sales are true, that they are not being used as one would expect from a typical computer user? If most of those sales are with education, I believe this may not be such a great success after all. At least not from the consumer market which in my view would be of far greater inportance to a ad based revenue company like Google. I have no doubt that because they are cheap they are attractive in education. But from talking to administrators in education, the cheap Chromebook's are far from cheap. The added costs of a wireless network to service all those devices can be the biggest expense. In the end, many schools districts probably are seeing red in any kind of technology upgrade and simply choose Chrommebook's as a cheaper alternative to iPads. I do not see the kind of Chromebook user base in the wild as I would expect from large sales. In other words, the web is not detecting a lot of Chromebook users. Maybe its because they don't use Chorme OS or maybe they bought a Chromebook and never use it? Not sure why no web stats indicate much usage? Obviously from a vendor standpoint nobody cares if they use them. As long as they buy them. Of course Google cares because they want you to use Google products. Be interesting to see what happens when schools get open and start using them. I remeber when a lot of consumers were attracted to the netbooks too. But it did not last very long and those netbooks could do more then Chromebooks. I've bought a Chromebook to see what its all about and don't find it anymore useful then even a older laptop running Chrome browser? Its a bit slow, has no storage locally, its tied to Google and does not run many familiar programs people use. For me, its become a door stop so to speak and I rarely use it.
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tailpipe7,
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8/11/2014 | 5:24:06 PM
If I was back in 6th grade
If I was back in 6th grade, and the first day of class I was given a chromebook instead of 8 outdated textbooks and some bookcovers...

I could have the latest version of whatever subject the teacher is talking about, and know that it is current "state of the art" information... not obsolete.

I could have video and animation and chat and post questions to teacher and take quizes with immediate grading and the whole school library to help me write my paper due tomorrow and feel "cool" that I have a fancy computer finally because I grew up poor and so didn't get a new ipad and iphone and mac laptop.

Learning would be fun again, school would be fun, the future would look brighter.

All for under $300. Priceless. 
tailpipe7
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tailpipe7,
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8/11/2014 | 5:39:53 PM
Re: If I was back in 6th grade
Remember when calculators came out...they changed everything. Who would have thought that a device that I can now buy at a dollar store... 
ricegf
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ricegf,
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8/11/2014 | 6:25:08 PM
Re: But where is the stats?
You're undoubtedly looking at NetApplications metrics, which measure self-reported OS and browsers accessing a relatively small number of Microsoft-centric sites. You might be interested to know that these same metrics show Apple mobile devices at 3x to 4x the traffic generated by Android, even though Android has 81% of the smartphone and over half the tablet market. In other words, web usage metrics tell us less than nothing about market share. Sales figures tell us about market share - and they're talking up a storm about Chromebooks right now. BTW, you give yourself away by claiming you bought a Chromebook with "no local storage" - no such Chromebook has ever been made. I think you misread Microsoft's propaganda before posting. ;-)
danielcawrey
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danielcawrey,
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8/11/2014 | 7:36:48 PM
Re: But where is the stats?
The main problem for Chromebooks in a business setting is that there are still many Windows-based appilcations that people use. Not everything has migrated to the cloud yet.

Can you get away with using only a Chromebook at work? Maybe, if your organization is already on Google Apps. But I would bet it would need to be a company that has been on Google Apps for some time, and has adopted mostly cloud-based applications already. 
Charlie Babcock
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Charlie Babcock,
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8/11/2014 | 9:07:48 PM
Chromebooks Vs. Laptops: In 10 years the debate is over
The debate over adoption of Chromebooks vs. continued business worker dependence on Microsoft applications (hence, laptops and PCs) reflects the state of our transition to cloud computing --- still in its infancy. Microsoft must become a cloud service company too because Windows and Office alone are not enough to withstand the wave of services that will be readily available in the cloud, including personal productivity applications. Chrome and Android have started the Windows erosiion but they are just a start. 
SaneIT
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SaneIT,
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8/12/2014 | 7:15:20 AM
Re: But where is the stats?
Remote desktop and virtual desktops solutions are addressing this now.  While virtualization of desktops hasn't reached the level of implementation that servers have it is getting much easier to give a native desktop feeling with a thin device on the desktop.  OSX has made its way into the corporate environment despite many of the issues that a Chromebook would have, they just have support at higher levels in the organization.  I'm doing a lot of work building solutions that are OS agnostic because I see traditional Windows networking going away. 
TerryB
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TerryB,
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8/12/2014 | 12:50:57 PM
Re: But where is the stats?
@SaneIT   Are you talking HTML5 browser apps? Is that what you mean by o/s agnostic? If so, I'm with you, makes the most sense in this day and age. Cross platform tools like Ext JS and JQuery make more sense to me than hitching your wagon to Visual Studio, or some other tool like that tied to a particular o/s like Windows.
Lorna Garey
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Lorna Garey,
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8/12/2014 | 1:45:39 PM
Re: But where is the stats?
Office 365 should work on a Chromebook. Do you have experience otherwise?
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wswwe2,
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8/12/2014 | 4:37:28 PM
Re: But where is the stats?
"because I see traditional Windows networking going away."

Yeah. Okay. I complain about Microsoft all the time, but I would never assume that Windows networking is going anywhere.

AD dominates the planet. Your idea that Microsoft networking is going anywhere is fallacious and misguided.

I would expect some of the words you might use to reply to this reply are: Linux, Apple, MacOS, iOS and maybe Netware (computer guy joke).

Sure, you could replace machines that actually do things with toys, iPad, iPhones or ChromeBooks, but these devices are not computational devices, instead, they are display devices (for now).

Even with a change in the display of information being shifted to a non Microsoft platform, Microsoft AD and server infrastructure are well know and used the world round. That backbone is not going to be changed becasue they sell a few more ChromeBooks or iPads.

 

 
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