Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 6th Sep 2013 15:22 UTC
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The new apps look and behave much like the native apps you find on Windows and OS X. They're built using web technologies, but also with Chrome-specific code that means they won't be able to run on other web browsers - they're truly Chrome apps. They can exist outside of your browser window as distinct apps, work offline, and sync across devices and operating systems. They can also access your computer's GPU, storage, camera, ports, and Bluetooth connection. Chrome Apps are, for now, only available through Chrome on Windows or Chrome OS on a Chromebook. Mac users will have to wait another six weeks before their version of Chrome will be updated.

This is very important for Chrome OS - since this means it can now have applications outside of the browser. Google's plans for Chrome OS suddenly became a whole lot clearer.

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RE[5]: Comment by BluenoseJake
by JAlexoid on Sat 7th Sep 2013 17:55 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by BluenoseJake"
JAlexoid
Member since:
2009-05-19

And how are they controlling that, pray tell?

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bassbeast Member since:
2007-11-11

Well there is using the spammer's trick of having a third party completely unrelated to Google to have a Chrome install as well as taking the default browser spot for one.

As for the second how about the fact you buy a "ChromeBook" and you have what WAS a bog standard X86 laptop that has been so locked down they you can ONLY install an alternative OS by going into "dev mode" and even after all that can you install any OS you want on YOUR laptop? Nope only one of a handful of Linux distros that have a HACKED BOOTLOADER (all run by single volunteers in their free time, good luck on getting any long term upgrades or support) will install and that is it. Now how long you think those handful of guys making those hacked bootloaders are gonna bother?

Say what you will about MSFT but I can buy any brand new X86 laptop running Windows 8 and within 10 minutes be installing ANY OS that I choose, be it Linux,BSD, earlier versions of Windows, heck i could even go OS/2 Warp if eComstation has drivers for the hardware.


Simple way to prove this is bad too...if MSFT had just announced this, would you cheer? What about if it was Apple, would you trust it? If simply changing the word Google for MSFT or Apple makes you turn against it then its probably a very bad idea, but you have fanboy blinders on.

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RE[7]: Comment by BluenoseJake
by japh on Mon 9th Sep 2013 09:18 in reply to "RE[6]: Comment by BluenoseJake"
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2005-11-11


Say what you will about MSFT but I can buy any brand new X86 laptop running Windows 8 and within 10 minutes be installing ANY OS that I choose, be it Linux,BSD, earlier versions of Windows, heck i could even go OS/2 Warp if eComstation has drivers for the hardware.


Because they haven't traditionally had any options. Look what they did when ARM came into the picture. What other OS:es can I install on a Surface RT?
At least the Chromebook gives the option to install something else.

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JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

Well there is using the spammer's trick of having a third party completely unrelated to Google to have a Chrome install as well as taking the default browser spot for one.

Chrome does not make itself automatically default, don't spread lies.

As for the second how about the fact you buy a "ChromeBook" and you have what WAS a bog standard X86 laptop that has been so locked down they you can ONLY install an alternative OS by going into "dev mode" and even after all that can you install any OS you want on YOUR laptop?

A ChromeBook is a specialised device - they are free to do all kinds of crap. Apple does something similar with a specialized firmware. Microsoft does the same thing with Surface RT.
The issue with Microsoft's policy is not that they do it, it's the fact that their actions result negative results for everyone. Like only Microsoft's keys are installed in UEFI. However, considering that there is a healthy competition between browsers, Microsoft is free to announce extensions like this all hey want.
(Your whole complaint on the topic of ChromeBook is off-topic.)

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