The Cr-48 is Googleâ€™s first notebook sporting their Chrome OS. While the hardware is nice, itâ€™s really the operating system and the concept thatâ€™s raising eyebrows and generating interest. The operating system is designed to make optimal use of â€œthe webâ€. The features of Chrome OS include instant on, fast load times, cloud storage and recover, etc. A full list of features can be found at the Google Chrome OS website.
Iâ€™ve read several reviews of the Cr-48 and for the most part users havenâ€™t been all that impressed. The reviews interest me because I donâ€™t believe the people using these machines get it. First and foremost, the Cr-48 is clearly a work in progress as is Chrome OS. Second, the idea of an internet based, fully cloud enabled system is ideal for creating a hardware agnostic future. It appears to me that Google is testing the waters and collecting data for a future run at something bigger. Do you really doubt Google will continue to develop a better cloud concept for an operating system? It would be a mistake to do so.
I remember similar thoughts from the so called experts when the Android OS rolled out, and now itâ€™s slowly becoming the most prominent operating system for mobile devices. I donâ€™t see that changing anytime in the near future.