Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 12th Sep 2018 00:03 UTC

A coming revision to Chrome OS will enable Windows-compatible network browsing by default. This means that Chromebooks will be able to connect with Windows PCs just as easily as other Windows PCs do today.

A very welcome change, especially among corporate users.

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I disagree
by project_2501 on Wed 12th Sep 2018 13:39 UTC
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I disagree with this direction.

The whole point of chromebooks and cloud services was the idea that we could have device and network independent secure and simple endpoints, and we could pick and choose cloud-based services to consume through the very open interface known as the web.

This simplicity had huge benefits.

Really simple devices, almost state-less. Easy to manage and own. Easier to secure. Easier to discard or lose.

Data was primarily stored and processed server side - with the appropriate security around that data.

This move breaks that model.

We now have to local LAN resources and a security model that has to loosen to allow that. We have more complex information security architecture - and devices are now holders of data not just passive viewers (even then it was mostly encrypted).

The Microsoft SMB protocol isn't clean and open enough - which makes it both a technical and a security risk. Think about it - if it was so simple and open why do we keep having to play catch up with open source implementations?

I think this is a worrying counter-strategic move by Google.

They should, and have the resources, to stick to their no-network strategy.

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