Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 6th May 2014 20:54 UTC

If you haven't picked up a Chromebook just yet, you might want to wait a little longer. Intel has just announced plans to roll out as many as 20 new Chromebooks by the latter half of this year. This new set will be thinner, lighter, more powerful and generally more diverse in terms of design. It's clear that Google is making a play for the mainstream.

I applaud any efforts to get people to buy new platforms, but in all honesty, I've yet to see a Chromebook in the wild - in fact, I don't even think I've ever even seen one in a store. Granted, I live in a small country nobody cares about, and the uptake of non-Windows platforms in desktops and laptops has always been pretty abysmal here, but you'd think you'd see more of these things.

What is the current state of Chrome OS? Owners, do you use it every day? What do you miss in a Chromebook that a traditional Linux/Windows/OS X laptop does offer?

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There is already a generation of people raised with the expectation of 24/7 connectivity. And for things like school districts, collaborative environments, light personal use/consumption of content, etc... these things sort of make sense.

It's not my personal cup of tea. But just because I'm not the intended target for a product, it does not necessarily mean there is not a market for it.

Also, chromebooks are an attractive proposal for HW manufacturers, given the current state of the desktop/PC market.

Edited 2014-05-06 22:08 UTC

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