Category Archives: Chrome OS

More Lumias were Sold Last Quarter than Chromebooks will Sell All Year

By Rich W Woods

We hear the meme over and over. Windows is on its way out. Chrome is on its way in. Them Chromebooks, they’re so great for schools and as Chrome OS becomes more powerful, it’s going to take down Windows.

Well, if you’re a Windows fan, don’t worry. Chromebook sales are slated to sell 7.3 million units all year this year and a large portion of that is dedicated to the education sector. This is compared to the hundreds of millions of Windows PCs that will be sold this year.

Perhaps it would be better to compare Chrome OS to another “number three platform”, Windows Phone. Last quarter, Microsoft sold 8.6 million Lumias. That’s not even including Windows Phones made by HTC, Samsung, Yezz, Blu, or anyone else.

Source: ZDNet

Google to Continue Support for Windows XP Until End of 2015

By Rich W Woods

Almost exactly a year after support for Windows XP ended from Microsoft, Google has announced that they will continue to support Windows XP until the end of 2015.

The decision makes sense, as Windows XP still has a higher market share than Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 combined, Microsoft’s most recent version of Windows. Also, they’re simply supporting an app to make sure it runs on Windows XP. They don’t have any stock in users moving to a more recent version of Windows, whereas Microsoft has made three versions of Windows since, so both moves make complete sense.

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Microsoft Introduces Skype for Web

By Rich W Woods

Skype will finally be available as a web app. Microsoft announced today in a blog post that they are releasing Skype for Web; however, don’t throw away your Windows machine yet in favor of a Chromebook. Skype for Web is still in beta.

The Skype team has been hard at work as of late. In May, Microsoft announced that Skype would give users real time translation. This means that someone in the United States could be talking to his grandmother in El Salvador and he would hear her in English and she would hear him in Spanish. Really amazing stuff coming from the Skype team.

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Photoshop is Coming to Chrome OS, Delivers Blow to Windows

By Rich W Woods

When I was young, the PC operating system was a two-horse race. Everybody had a Windows machine and your weird neighbor had a that strange thing with an Apple logo on it. The world has changed. While Microsoft still controls PC market share, Apple controls tablet market share, and a new horse in the race, Google, controls smart phone market share.

NOTE: I know all about Linux. Linux doesn’t count as being in a “race” as it is open source.

In the beginning, Microsoft and Apple had a clear advantage as they were the only ones with desktop operating systems. Then, Google’s Chrome OS started to gain some ground.

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64 Bit Chrome Finally Available for Windows and You Should Get it Now

By Rich W Woods

Google Chrome for Windows is finally available in a 64 bit variant after being available on their Canary and Developer channels. It makes sense that they have always been 32 bit. After all, all Android phones and most Chromebooks are 32 bit, but it really is a big deal, more so than you may think.

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Microsoft Scroogled Google!

By Rich Woods

Google doesn’t make a lot of Windows apps anymore. The ones that they do make are clearly designed to divert people away from Windows and into the arms of Google, Chrome OS, and Android. There are only two apps made by Google for Windows Phone and only one for Windows RT. They do make some apps for Windows 8 because you simply can’t ignore 90% of the market share but they still try to steer users toward web services.

Since Google was the second company to produce a metro style browser (the first being Microsoft), it was no surprise that they took advantage of the full-screen interface. The bottom left corner was a start menu for Google apps, there was a title bar at the top of the screen complete with tabs (which full screen Internet Explorer does not have). If you were a Windows 8 user and missed Windows 7, there was a taste of familiarity there and an invitation to come on over to Chrome OS.

On April 8, Microsoft struck back with Windows 8.1 Update 1. This update to Windows 8.1 brings a title bar to the top of the screen any time a user moves a mouse to the top of the screen. When the user tries to switch between tabs, a Windows title bar slides down and blocks the tab (unless you do it very carefully). It’s safe to say that Google was not planning on this when they designed Chrome for Windows 8.

This effectively thwarts Google’s game plan to get Windows users more comfortable in the Chrome OS environment. After all, it essentially ruins the user experience enough to make him want to switch back to Internet Explorer or at least the desktop version of the Chrome browser. In short, it’s enough to send the user back into the Windows environment.

This isn’t the first time that Microsoft has pulled a strategic move against Google. After Google used the full-screen Windows environment against them, Microsoft found a way to use Android against Google. With the Nokia X, Microsoft can use the open sourced Android operating system to access Microsoft services. After all, they can’t lock down the platform. If they did, they’d risk alienating the OEMs like Samsung and HTC that like to use their own forks of Android. If Google locked down Android, then that would essentially put them on a level playing field with Windows Phone.

It’s no surprise that these two companies don’t care for each other too much. They are the only two major companies left on the Internet that provide search. It’s good to see signs that Microsoft is starting to come out on top.


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Google Brings a Taste of Chrome OS to Windows 8

By Rich Woods

When Windows RT came out and everyone was so upset that they couldn’t run legacy desktop apps on it, Paul Thurrott of the Supersite for Windows pointed out that of the top ten desktop applications on Windows, the top two are Chrome and iTunes and the rest are utility programs that aren’t quite worth noting. On top of that, Chrome and iTunes are two applications that are specifically designed to steer you away from Windows. Well Google found a way to design Chrome in a way to do that job even a little better.

Chrome 32 now allows users to relaunch Chrome in Windows 8 mode, utilizing the full screen feature that previously had only been done with Internet Explorer 11 in Windows. There is one key difference. Instead of using the web page to fill the screen, Google did something a bit different. Since they no longer had the Windows toolbar or the Windows Start button at the bottom of the screen, they added a toolbar of their own with all of the Google app icons and their own version of the Start button that Chrome OS users are used to seeing.

It’s a pretty slick move by Google to design their full screen browser like that. It doesn’t appear that they’ve designed it like that for all devices. That’s how it appeared on my work computer; however, when I got the update on my Dell Venue 8 Pro I only see the full-screen browser. Perhaps this is because of the smaller screen real estate which is possible because it would be logical to assume that Google would want to deliver a more Android like experience to and 8″ screen than a Chrome OS experience. I still haven’t received the update on my Surface Pro although I have reinstalled Chrome several times in an attempt to get it.

Is there any question left to how much Microsoft and Google hate each other. Microsoft has spent millions of dollars on their anti-Google “Scroogled” campaign while Google has only made two apps for Windows Phone (Google Search and Waze). They have made about three dozen apps for iOS (most recently Google Play Movies). Microsoft tried to make a YouTube app for Windows Phone when Google wouldn’t and Google forced them to shut it down.

Why do these two companies hate each other while Google and Apple seem to get along so well? Microsoft is the only other company that does search anymore. Yahoo search is powered by Bing and every other search engine returns results from either Bing or Google. Apple doesn’t do search. In fact, they use Google for search.

Google doesn’t make money off of the Android operating system nor do they make money off of the hardware that they sell on their Nexus line. They make money off of people using their services. They make money off of you. As long as users are “Googling”, they can charge companies more to advertise on Google.

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