April 22, 2011

Will Google Sell Chrome OS Portables for Low, Monthly Subscriptions?

When Google announced Chrome OS in 2009, it got an overwhelming level of hype, primarily because it presented a new cloud-centric model for working with applications and unusual approaches to operating system security. It has taken much longer than expected for Google to translate the hype into a realistic strategy for proliferating Chrome OS-based netbooks (and it remains a netbook-focused operating system despite the bloom being off the rose of netbooks). Now, however, a trend we predicted might come to fruition looks like it may indeed arrive: subsidized Chrome OS-based netbooks featuring low subscription fees. This idea would work in Google's favor for several reasons.

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