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Is the New Google Chrome OS and Notebook the Future?

With Google’s announcement of its new cloud based operating system, Chrome OS and accompanying notebook computer, the end of the traditional computer is nigh! And with it, the end of how we use, receive, and store media. I make no apologies for this bold prediction. In fact, I’m betting change comes sooner rather than later.  How much does anyone use a computer that isn’t connected to the internet anyway? Any computer not connected to the internet today is nothing more than a boat anchor. So, Google’s just taking the boat anchor part of the computer out of the equation. What we’re left with is just the internet.

High Speed Broadband Access

As the U.S. Government’s National Broadband Plan works to create affordable high-speed internet in every household in America by 2020, affordable cloud based computers will lower the barrier to entry for low-income areas thus helping to significantly reduce the digital divide.


There are already seriously robust online applications to replace all but the most intense desktop applications.  The Google’s Chrome App. store is setting the stage for companies to package once downloadable software as browser apps!  In case you’ve been hiding under a rock for the past few years, here are a couple of serious cloud based applications to take on any desktop application:

Word Processing

Photo Editing



Martket Growth

According to an IDC report, tablet computers will outsell PCs by 2012.  According to the report and as reported on, worldwide shipments of “app-enabled devices” will reach 377 million in 2011, and 462 million shipments in 2012, exceeding PCs which are expected to ship 402 million in 2011 and 448 million in 2012.  I lump the new Google Notebook in with the iPad because both are app. based.  Ultimately, it would be great to have the best of both worlds (a beautiful touch screen with the autonomy of a true computer).

Global Economics

Emerging markets can take advantage of low-cost cloud based notebooks and tablets to improve health care, communications, and education.  Currently, many emerging market citizens are limited by old cell phone technology that relies primarily on voice, SMS ,and limited smart phone features.  Imagine opening the entire rich media experience to areas currently shut out of the connected, wired world.  In fact, Ebay founder Pierre Omidyar continues to fund low-cost technology initiatives that benefit those living at the bottom of the pyramid.   This is a huge market .  There will be a billion new middle class consumers added to the world economy from the developing world by 2020 (Intuit 2020 Report).

So, is the new diskless, medialess cloud-only notebook and cloud based OS the future of computing, communicating, and working?  Yes, of course!


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