Chrome OS Takes a Leap In The Right Direction

Chrome OS

David Pierce reports for The Verge:

For email, document editing, and web browsing, the Chrome OS experience is at least as good as any desktop operating system — I’d rather use Gmail on the Chromebook than in Chrome on my Macbook Air. Once Google solves the offline problem —which it’s been promising to do since Chrome OS first debuted — Chrome OS could really be a compelling option for people who want a computer that’s not hard to figure out and doesn’t overwhelm you with options or apps.

[…] Google is closer than ever to convincing the world that we can live online, that we can do away with the old hard drives and local apps and spend our lives on the web. If you’re shopping for a dead-simple computer to use as a secondary machine or to give to someone with only basic computer needs, the latest Chrome OS machines are worth a long look.

Chrome OS has always been the subject of distinct fascination for me. Quick, cloud-centric, and utterly steeped within the tenets of minimalism, Chrome OS offers a very great deal to the seeker of computing simplicity.

Although I doubt I could live within the bounds of Chrome OS for my personal day-to-day tasks, the operating system holds an odd allure for those non-work-intensive moments at home, or when traveling. Of course, for me, this gap has already been filled by the presence of my iPad, but that’s certainly no cause to feign ignorance toward the ever-improving Chrome OS environment.

As I’ve written in the past, I have a romantic entanglement with the concept of a cloud-centric computing environment. With some work, I’ve mostly been able to achieve the realization of this concept with my Mac, but the experience is obviously ill-fitting of both OS X and my working requirements. Perhaps Chrome OS has many faults but, more so many others, I believe it’s indicative of the future of the computing environment for the average user.

Accordingly, I tend to find Chrome OS infinitely more interesting than Android, and I certainly hope any intersection between the two can be stayed. Chrome OS has its own trajectory — one that is of true interest to me — and I wholeheartedly intend to follow its growth over the coming months and years.