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Is Chrome OS gaining popularity like Windows or MAC? Do most programs that work with Windows or MAC work with Chrome OS?
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Scott SilvaNetwork AdministratorCommented:
Chrome OS is almost entirely web based... So if you can get to it by a web page, then you should be OK... Need office? Has to be web based...

They are geared toward people that do mostly on line things... There are a few apps for them, but they are usually limited on storage...
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dbruntonCommented:
Chrome OS is a Linux based OS using Chrome browser as interface.  Applications can reside in the (primarily) cloud or on local machines.

See  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chrome_OS  and   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chrome_OS  for more information.  Popular (price wise) as a cheap interface to the Internet if your prime purpose is browsing and email.  Also for students where the Chrome books compete successfully with iPads and laptops and they can use Google Docs and Google Drive for their work and storage.
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Eoin OSullivanConsultantCommented:
Chrome OS is definitely growing in terms of installed users as there are a number of laptops (chromebooks) and tablets which run the operating system.  However it is still only a tiny market share when compared to Windows and OSX and Linux operating systems.

As ChromeOS is NOT the same as Windows or OSX or Linux because all apps are browser based the short answer is that many applications which exist on these other operating systems DO NOT exist on Chrome OS.

For example MS office applications do not work on Chrome OS .. instead you can use the MS Office Cloud-based apps which work quite well but do not have support for macros or scripts unlike their counterparts on Windows and OSX.

There are web-based equivalent apps for many applications but as they are web based they often are less functional.

As the ChromeOS is developed by Google it relies heavily on Google apps and services .. if you trust Google with your private data then you're OK but if you don't then ChromeOS is definitely not for you.
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Brandon LyonSenior Frontend DeveloperCommented:
"Most programs" is a vague term. Most people only use Office or the internet, both of which work just fine in ChromeOS.
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Jackie ManCommented:
Is Chrome OS gaining popularity like Windows or MAC?

Yes. But the majority of users are still using MS Windows or OS X if we are talking about a traditional computer.

Desktop Operating System Market Share Worldwide (October 2016 to October 2017)
http://gs.statcounter.com/os-market-share/desktop/worldwide

Chrome OS is gaining popularity for two reasons.

1. Chrome browser is the preferred browser for over 50% of the users.

http://gs.statcounter.com/browser-market-share

2. Chrome OS can run Android apps now and Android is the most popular operating systems for all devices on Earth.

Operating System Market Share Worldwide (October 2016 to October 2017)
http://gs.statcounter.com/os-market-share

Install Android apps on your Chromebook
https://support.google.com/chromebook/answer/7021273?hl=en

Do most programs that work with Windows or MAC work with Chrome OS?

The answer is NO.

You need to download apps from Chrome Web Store if you are using Chrome OS and you can also install Google Play from Chome Web if you want to run Android apps within Chrome OS.

All programs which are designed to work with Windows or MAC will not work with Chrome OS.

Essentially, Chrome OS is essentially a free OS which is overwhelmed by users who like to use Google Chrome browser or services and opt-in for Cloud computing.
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jimmymcp02Commented:
the answer is no... The chrome OS is mostly based for internet surfing. some microsoft applications work if they are hosted in the cloud.  I was looking at the chromebook as a way to cut down cost but found out some applications that are required for business operations are not supported or you need to find a work around which is not worth it. On a separate note i handed my son an asus chromebox and tried to play roblox and it didnt work.. :) Roblox is a web based site that hosts games created by the community.
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serialbandCommented:
It's a current fad.  Without more features it's going to disappear.  It only appears to be expanding because schools are brided to adopt them.  They're a waste of resources that could be better spent
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dbruntonCommented:
>>  It's a current fad.  Without more features it's going to disappear.  It only appears to be expanding because schools are brided to adopt them.  They're a waste of resources that could be better spent

I don't believe so.

They're cheap.  They're easy to administer.  Schools like them because they don't have to worry about major infrastructure to support them.  All they (basically) have to do is supply a network connection.  The student's data is stored in the cloud and not locally.  No worrying about a word processor or spreadsheet applications as they are all cloud based.  No need to worry about updating the OS and the applications ...

And for your basic student that's all they need.
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Jackie ManCommented:
I don't believe so.

They're cheap.  They're easy to administer.  Schools like them because they don't have to worry about major infrastructure to support them.  All they (basically) have to do is supply a network connection.  The student's data is stored in the cloud and not locally.  No worrying about a word processor or spreadsheet applications as they are all cloud based.  No need to worry about updating the OS and the applications ...

And for your basic student that's all they need.

Agreed. Microsoft is trying hard to compete with Chromebook by creating a similar OS called Windows 10 IoT.
Agreed.
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serialbandCommented:
I've seen the students use them.  They just put games on them.  Except for a few classes, the teachers don't know what to do with them.  They piloted chrome after they wasted time and effort piloting iOS.  Now, they're asking the students to bring their own, cutting their own costs.  It's basically the flavor of the year until the next boondogle.  It's exactly like the need of the TI Calculators for standardized testing.  Overpriced at $150, and should be $15 now, but used because they were bribed and now require them.  Nobody really uses TI Calculators when they reach college.  They need a computer and use Excel, R, Matlab, Mathworks, Python, numpy, etc...  The calculator is limited in funtionality.  Eventually they'll pick one for tablet flavor for schools, but it's basically a crippled OS.
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serialbandCommented:
All they (basically) have to do is supply a network connection
That's not true.  They also need something to manage BYOD.  Most schools want to manage/monitor the student content in the name of cyber bullying, censoring porn, censoring "adult" sites, etc.  They usually also need  Meraki or Airwatch, etc...
There's still money to be paid into other areas.  It's just shifted to WiFi from Ethernet, and there's still other infrastructure that needs to be monitored and paid for.  The amount paid for long term is close to the same.
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