16. June 2011 23:15
The much anticipated 'ChromeBook,' a laptop running the new Google Chrome OS, has gone on sale on in the United States, hailing a new era of modern, online-based computing.
The premise of the ChromeBook is that current computer systems are still based on a system that was developed before the internet, and has adapted to use the internet. The ChromeBook is more of a new system, designed to work solely with the internet. While the system has been hailed for being faster and simpler, and removing the need for internal storage and anti-virus software, critics have claimed that the ChromeBook doesn't function terrifically well when offline.
For the computer user who spends the majority of their time on the web, this is an ideal solution, with its' almost instant boot-up time, and simple, safe web browsing. For the conventional user who uses a mix of desktop applications, both offline and online, the idea may need some more refining before it's ready.
Google Chrome OS video on YouTube
Article on the BBC