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Google Shows Chrome PCs, With Shipments In 2011

   
10:56 am on Dec 8, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Google Shows Chrome PCs, With Shipments In 2011 [uk.reuters.com]
The first laptops powered by Google Inc's Chrome operating system will reach store shelves months later than expected and miss the holiday shopping season as the Internet company fixes software issues.

The Web-centric computers, intended as an incursion into territory dominated for years by Microsoft Corp and Apple Inc, will ship around the middle of 2011.

Google, the world's No. 1 Internet search engine, is holding off launching the Chrome-based PCs until it can fix some software bugs and make sure that the computers are compatible with other devices such as digital cameras, Google product manager Sundar Pichai said on Tuesday.

"Amazing progress, but we aren't fully done yet," Pichai told reporters at a press briefing in San Francisco.

4:38 pm on Dec 8, 2010 (gmt 0)

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goog has gotten WAY over its head with this one. Just think of the amount of drivers that need to be written for the infinite amount of peripheral hardware out there...something as simple as a printer/scanner.


I don't want a dumb terminal.
5:12 pm on Dec 8, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I don't want a dumb terminal.


That's a shock, eh?

I know YOU don't want one. But, who does?

Well, for one, my sister. And my mother. (OK, probably not.) But, for people who want just to email, write a document, do a spread sheet and look at the web...

Maybe.

I live more and more on the cloud and I'm loving it. And, if you are not the tech biz, like my major clients, it's a pain to keep up with the hardware and software. It's interesting to me they are talking about small biz as being a major target for these.
6:57 pm on Dec 8, 2010 (gmt 0)

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The Chrome Web Store is already operating, and a large batch of notebooks are being given away to qualifying businesses and institutions for testing and evaluation.

Evaluation Chrome PCs shipping [googleblog.blogspot.com]
Chrome OS is at the stage where we need feedback from real users. Some of the features of Chrome OS require new hardware, but we didn’t want to sell pre-beta computers. Instead we’re launching a pilot program where we will give test notebooks to qualified users, developers, schools and businesses. We're starting with the U.S. and will expand to other countries once we get the necessary certifications.
The test notebooks exist only to test the software—they are black, have no branding, no logos, no stickers, nothing. They do have 12.1 inch screens, full-sized keyboards and touch pads, integrated 3G from Verizon, eight hours of battery life and eight days of standby time. Chrome notebooks are designed to reach the web instantly, are easy to share among friends and family, and simply by logging in, all of your apps, bookmarks and other browser settings are there. Setting up a new machine takes less than a minute. And even at this early stage, we feel there is no consumer or business operating system that is more secure.

In the first half of next year Chrome notebooks will be available for sale from Acer and Samsung. More manufacturers will follow. Also, Chrome OS is designed to work across a wide range of screen sizes and form factors, enabling our partners to deliver computing devices beyond notebooks.

10:03 pm on Dec 8, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Well, for one, my sister. And my mother.


if I gave that to my mom, she would ask...where is my skype, where is my yahoo messenger with all my cool addon's, where is my printer, where can I burn my CD...etc, etc, etc

its going to be good for people that really don't use a computer for ANYTHING.
11:49 pm on Dec 8, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Printers can adjust...

Look...what if you were buying (like my major client) 17 desktops? With Software?
11:55 pm on Dec 8, 2010 (gmt 0)

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desktop software > web applications.
12:18 am on Dec 9, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Many (young?) people today think the Internet is just facebook and youtube, not even google, who needs search anyway? ,unbelievable for me before meeting some of these people, I came to the conclusion that after 15 years I've never been on the Internet. They only need a facebook computer and while they're there Goog will find the way to convince these facebookers of using goog products/services or force ads or something, no free meal here. They don't need software and google is just an app running on top of fb, the mass may be stupid but they're the ones who buy.
6:19 am on Dec 9, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Glad they didn't try to push an inferior product, A+.
3:45 pm on Dec 9, 2010 (gmt 0)

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just perfectly enough for anything most people need. Email, calendar, facebook, pictures, basic text editor and spreadsheet. Enough for most of us.
6:14 pm on Dec 9, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Many (young?) people today think the Internet is just facebook and youtube, not even google, who needs search anyway? ,unbelievable for me before meeting some of these people, I came to the conclusion that after 15 years I've never been on the Internet. They only need a facebook computer and while they're there Goog will find the way to convince these facebookers of using goog products/services or force ads or something, no free meal here. They don't need software and google is just an app running on top of fb, the mass may be stupid but they're the ones who buy.


remember back when AOL was big, and all those people only knew AOL and that was it.

Then we were sitting there thinking wow do you even know there is a world outside of AOL? we have been using this "real" internet our whole lives.

Those people you are talking about are just the new AOL people.
12:23 pm on Dec 10, 2010 (gmt 0)



Finally GOOG is ready to launch it. Need to wait and watch for MS response.