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Discussion in 'Alternatives to Mac Hardware' started by bobenhaus, May 9, 2017.

  1. bobenhaus macrumors 6502a

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    Chrome OS is about to go full Enterprise and others wont be able to catch up not even Microsoft.

    https://9to5google.com/2017/05/09/google-vmware-partnership-chrome-os/

    Google and VMware have announced an “extended partnership” to accelerate the adoption of Chrome OS devices in the enterprise market. New software will extend security to virtualized apps, while deeper integration is in the works.




    VMware’s Workspace One allows IT departments to easily manage and secure apps for employees. The software builds on top of Chrome’s security features by extending measures to virtualized apps.

    The managed software catalog will grant access to more apps, with end users now able to easily and securely authenticate with single sign-on.

    Meanwhile, application management will provide organizations with more centralized and unified controls.

    The two companies are also working on more collaboration with VMware senior vice president Sumit Dhawan noting that, “This is just the first step in our collaboration on this platform with more to come.”

    Future advancements will “unify native Android applications.” In an interview with TechCrunch, Google notes that deeper integrations will come in the future:

    “We’ve started a virtualization stack. We’ve worked with VMware to optimize applications on Chrome OS, both the Android and virtualized apps. We’re working with them on deeper integrations. It’s just the beginning of the process.”

    Besides Google’s lead in the education market with Chrome OS, IDC estimates that 25% of Fortune 500 companies will have IT-supported Chromebooks by 2018.

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  2. Partron22 macrumors 68000

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    I've yet to be convinced Chrome isn't a flash in the pan.
    There've been a lot of those over the years.
     
  3. sracer macrumors 603

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    The statute of limitations has expired for it to be a "flash in the pan". :)
     
  4. maflynn Moderator

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    Given how many school systems prefer Chrome over iPads/Macs/PCs, I'd say that you should look at who is using the Chromebook and you'll see its far from being a flash in the pan.

    One can argue the power/flexibility of such a product, but many people who only want basic computing needs find it useful. School systems are drawn to it given its low cost, ease of management.
     
  5. Partron22 macrumors 68000

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    By flash, I'm thinking in terms of Blackberry, Nokia, Zune, NeXT etc. Some good years, but then decline. There may be fatal flaws that lead Chrome down the path of Compuserve and AOL.
    The school numbers for Chrome are looking very good right now, but will every new College freshman still decide to spring for a new MacBook? Reality can hit pretty hard over the course of a decade or so. I don't mean to downtalk Chrome, just don't trust it as the next really big thing yet.
    If I did, I'd've bought Chromebook instead of ThinkCentre tiny/Win 10.
     
  6. maflynn Moderator

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    I think you're moving the goal posts.
    First what most people mean when they say flash in the pan
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    Secondly, by any meaning of that term, Blackberry, Nokia were not remotely even in the same universe of Flash in the pan. They enjoyed long successess in the mobile market. They both failed to adjust to changing conditions of that market.

    The Zune never enjoyed success, it was mostly derided and made fun of.

    The NeXT had some success on the hardware front and some in the software front, but again, it cannot be said that it was a flash in the pan
     
  7. SB-MBP Suspended

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    I must admit, at my school Google Docs was simply not complex enough with things like Bibliography creation, Mail Merge between Word and Access.. even Access itself as a powerful tool. So at least in UK secondary education this wouldn't cut it. Perhaps in primary school children.

    As for university, some courses require the likes of the full Adobe desktop suite and in the workplace such as even an accountants office where a Celeron based PC would have the power to do the job, things like Sage and its app suite are depended upon.

    The Mac is too expensive for many work places and schools in such volumes so I'm not saying it'll compete with Chrome's low cost.

    iPad's aren't cheap. But there's quite good Office apps, mobile Sage apps and APIs for custom apps. As well as apps that simply don't suck like most Android apps - oversized mobile phone apps. So lots of potential, though granted the high cost of devices and repair might make them less attractive to public funded schools and the likes.

    And Google like to get a bit too involved in tracking / advertising which maybe we should be protecting children from and keeping out of the workplace if it doesn't interest the core businesses objectives?

    I've seriously considered a Chromebook for personal use but the lack of good apps gives it a disadvantage compared to iPad. And some of the hardware is good, but feels so disposable. I'm not sure how they'd fare in a work/school setting with no 'love or care' by a loyal owner.
     

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