I will start this post by being transparent: I am a big fan of Chrome OS. I more-or-less made the move to Chrome OS about this time last year and frankly, I haven’t looked back. Yes I still have my corporate laptop that I use on occasion but the reality is, everything I need to do in my work life and my personal life I can do on Chrome. So with that clear, I still stand by the title of this article: The future is very bright from Chrome OS.
I believe this for several different reasons and all of them are intertwined to paint this bright future picture. First is the rapidly maturing Operating System itself. The Chrome OS of today, Build 53, is far superior in every way to the Chrome OS I started on last year, Chrome 48. Second, is the era in which we live in. We are, finally, approaching the post-PC world that Apple and others have been talking about since 2008. But eight years on, we are actually there or darn close. Third is adoption of Chrome OS as a platform in businesses and in education, the later of which was dominated by PCs, then by Apple and now nearly by Chrome OS. Finally, there is the clear direction in which Google and the Chromium team within it are going to take the devices and platform in the future. The Chromebook I’m tying this article on today (a HP Chromebook 11 G4) will be vastly overshadowed by what a device will look like this time next year or in 2018. All of these things add up to a future that sees Chrome OS not only as a part of but a dominant player. And the cool thing is, everyone reading this is on the cusp of it all. We get to see it all unfold and that, speaking from experience as a Microsoftie during the Windows XP days, is a very cool thing to see.