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Personal blog of Adam Adamou, technology investor, venture capitalist and investment banker.

2013: the year Google positions Chromebooks as proper Windows rivals

Google announced today that their browser only Chromebook PC’s will be launched in additional markets including Canada. I have two of the lower priced Samsung Chromebooks ($270 each in Canada) and would recommend them to others as inexpensive adjuncts to your current systems.

The systems come with 16GB of SSD memory and 2GB of RAM. This is Samsung, so It looks remarkably like a MacBook Air with the same dimensions and thin and elegant design, though the build is not as sturdy. The keyboard is fantastic and the system is powerful enough to serve as your primary computer when required.

The caveat for anybody looking to jump aboard is that the system is designed to run the Chrome web browser - and well, that’s it. It runs a browser. If you are a devoted user of all things Google (as I increasingly am) - then you should have no problem using the system. Gmail, Google Docs, Google Apps, Maps, YouTube and the rest of the stable of Google-owned products work perfectly. If you use Microsoft products - Outlook.com works fine in the Chrome browser and cloud based storage systems including Skydrive are supported. Office documents can be edited in the browser using Google Docs or using Microsoft’s Office 365 software on the Outlook.com site. Dropbox, Box, Evernote and various other cloud based storage systems are also supported and Google provides a free upgrade to 100GB of Google Drive storage for two years with the purchase of the system. Printing is supported through Google Cloud Print. It boots in seconds and synchronizes your browser tabs across all systems (including your phone if you use the Chrome browser on your Android or iOS phone). 

A Google web store sells various apps, though interestingly enough, every app on the store seems to be available free of charge including popular games like Angry Birds and Bad Piggies. Interestingly enough, the system is not compatible with Android apps. I imagine that a consolidation of the Android and Chrome OS’s is under works - and if it’s not, it should be.

While not a replacement for your Windows or Mac based PC, it is a good early entry into the PC market for Google. Google is like the Borg, it will expand, integrate, grow and iterate. This is for real.

// I don’t spell or grammar check blog entries. Apologies.

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