Google has unveiled the first laptops that will run on its Chrome operating system at Google I/O 2011. The notebooks, made by Acer and Samsung, will go on sale on June 15, 2011. Unlike Windows 7 which use installed software like Microsoft Word, Google Chrome OS is built around web-based applications such as Google Docs.
A promotional video by Samsung Chromebook 5 series.
Chromebooks are built and optimized for the web, where you already spend most of your computing time. So you get a faster, simpler and more secure experience without all the headaches of ordinary computers. Acer and Samsung will be the first manufacturers to offer Google Chromebooks, for between US$349 and US$499, in the United States.
6 Reasons Why You Should Switch To Chromebook
- Chromebooks boot in 8 seconds and resume instantly. As your Chromebook boots up, it quickly connects to your favorite wireless network so you’re on the web right from the start.
- Chromebooks are designed to get faster over time as updates are released. Unlike Windows 7, your Chromebook gets better and better over time. When you turn it on, it updates itself automatically. All of your applications stay up-to-date, and you get the latest and greatest version of the operating system without having to think about it. There will be no annoying update prompts.
- Your favorite websites load quickly and run smoothly, with full support for the latest web standards and Adobe Flash.
- Chromebooks run the first consumer operating system designed from the ground up to defend against the ongoing threat of viruses and malware. They employ the principle of “defense in depth” to provide multiple layers of protection, including sandboxing, data encryption, and verified boot.
- Every Chromebook runs millions of web apps, from games to spreadsheets to photo editors. Thanks to the power of HTML5, many apps keep working even in those rare moments when you’re not connected.
- It’s easy to get connected anytime and anywhere with built-in Wi-Fi and 3G.
My Windows 7 takes more than 5 minutes to boot. That means Windows 7 is wasting 5 minutes of my precious time a day. With Chromebook, I am expected to 1825 minutes (30.4 hours) per year. If all you ever do is surfing the net, then you should consider switching to Google Chromebook.