Combine state of the art hardware from Intel and optimized software from Google and what do you have? A big bite taken out of the Wintel pie:
“Chrome OS represents a new form of computing," he said. "We are seeing great momentum there. External analysis estimates that they already represent over 25 per cent of the sub-$300 category. They’re big in education as well; they’re now deployed in over 5,000 schools in the US, which represents over 20 per cent of the school districts.”
This should put paid to the FUD coming from the Wintel camp, that M$ will save Wintel. It’s not happening. Just as Apple could not build a $500 tablet, Wintel cannot make decent small cheap PCs. Meanwhile the world turns and people love small cheap PCs because they are good enough for what people do. Because ChromeOS is essentially a thin client, much of the work of system maintenance is done remotely and users are not generally IT people. That works.
Here, let Google tell you why Chrome OS is wonderful for users.
Of course, Chrome OS is an on-ramp for the cloud and may well end up running lots of non-free software that works against the interests of users but it surely is smooth and will sell.