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Right now, as others have said, it's a different market. If anything, I see ChromeOS taking over the Linux side of the market and pulling in quite a few converts from Windows, but I don't see it taking over the desktop OS market any time soon. Again, as others have already said, MS has government and many businesses in the palm of their hands.

Think about it like this...if you had already invested $10,000+ in Windows and office/database software requiring Windows, what sense would it make to switch to ChromeOS/alternative software, even if the software was free? You'd still have to switch everything over, train the employees to use the new software, and work out all the bugs inherent in a wide-scale software migration. You wouldn't save any money (you might end up paying more) and you risk losing/breaking compatibility with your database unless you manually migrate it, which would cost even more. Besides that, MS is actually pretty good with tech support/customer feedback in the corporate world.

Edit: For a new business starting at the ground level, ChromeOS would be worth at least considering. For an established business, it would take a lot of convincing to justify the switch.
Edited by Mr. Mojo - 1/30/11 at 12:46pm
 
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post #12 of 26
Google's too invested in webapps. All of their interests lie on the internet, if the user cannot connect to the internet to use their services, it's game over. That's why its relatively cheap for them to start pushing out OSs for mobile devices; they all have 3G etc...

I don't think they have any interest in the desktop market or will for a long time.

tl;dr: you're comparing two companies from different industries
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I think android will be king in netboot and handheld devices soon, we just got a acen netbook in stock that has a dual boot win7 starter and android!
actually.. they already have a tablet.. by samsung..
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post #14 of 26
They sell laptop/notbooks in china already that run android. Only a matter of time before it starts happening here. We may be seeing the beginning of the end for micro$oft. IMO, Microsoft is just a company left over from the 80's, still trying to follow that 80's marketing plan. Charge a lot, and count on people not really knowing all they need to know, and don't really put a whole heck of a lot of effort into making your product better. I mean try, but don't spend too awful much doing it and don't worry if its not great. Seems like that's their MO. Which won't stand anymore, the world is changing (has changed) away from that.


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tl;dr: you're comparing two companies from different industries
That compete with each other directly on many fronts. Might come a day when one decides it needs to go for the kill, and "take out" the other. Sometimes that's the way it goes.
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I don't think Android will ever "take down Windows."

I'm unaware of every MS OS being considered bloated and a resource hog. Only Vista comes to mind in that regard. Different Windows versions have been criticized for being unstable and insecure in the past, but hardly ever for being bloated.
Back when XP came out I remember everyone calling it a bloated resource hog.

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I'm also not sure why you would want to see Windows using 650 MB of RAM at idle. RAM is not like gasoline - it does not "run out." If memory is available and can be utilized why not use it? It's certainly faster than disk access.
Do you game very much? In every game I run my framerate goes down by about 5 FPS when my system idle is around 1gb of RAM usage. I built this system to game as high as I can, so that is a real big difference. But when I cut my idle down to 650mb (W7 64) it gets better and I don't stutter in areas where I did before. So yeah, ram aint like gas. But it can still get crowded. This has been the same for me since the early XP days.
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post #16 of 26
corporate= microsoft.

consumer products= google.

so no i dont think google could take over microsoft when they have such a stake hold/integration in the corporate world.
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I've been beta testing a Cr-48/Chrome OS for almost two months now, and I think it is a very powerful platform for notebooks. Personally, I think it's something that a majority of the masses could adopt and use effectively with little-to-no inconvenience due to Cloud-over-local processes. That being said, it would make an absolutely horrible OS to put on a desktop computer, as the additional hardware and power draw would be wasted for a web browser.

Based on how Android develops, I could potentially seeing it becoming a decent desktop OS, but that is doubtful. I really think that Microsoft will own the top of the hill for that battle for a long time to come. But in terms of mobile platforms, I do believe that Google will become a powerful provider.
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That's what ChromeOS is, but it likely won't overtake Windows. At least not for a VERY long time. Windows is just absolutely huge and businesses around the world are not going to conform to cloud storage.

I've installed Android on my ChromeOS Cr-48 laptop as well, just like in that video. Works nicely with my HD2 Gingerbread Wi-Fi tethering.
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That's what ChromeOS is, but it likely won't overtake Windows. At least not for a VERY long time. Windows is just absolutely huge and businesses around the world are not going to conform to cloud storage.

I've installed Android on my ChromeOS Cr-48 laptop as well, just like in that video. Works nicely with my HD2 Gingerbread Wi-Fi tethering.
See I'd like to be able to do something like this. But take some outdated laptop, and install android on it. Probly not possible though.
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See I'd like to be able to do something like this. But take some outdated laptop, and install android on it. Probly not possible though.
It's possible but a bit clunky. The touch pad response is a bit awkward since the mouse UI has to be improvised. Think about it: Android ran fine on a 533MHz G1, didn't it?
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