Chrome OS vs Windows


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Chrome OS
Chrome OS is a Linux-based operating system designed by Google to work exclusively with web applications. Google Chrome OS is initially intended for secondary devices like netbooks, not as a user's primary PC, and will run on hardware incorporating an x86 or ARM-based processor.
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Windows
Windows 8 is a no-alternative operating systems produced by Microsoft for use on personal computers, netbooks and tablet PCs. It features the Metro-style interface that is designed for touchscreen input similar to that in Windows Phone
Comparing Chrome OS vs Windows is like comparing apples to oranges. Because your business is unique and nobody except you can decide, which is better for your company. But we can add some fun to your research and suggest some new comparison parameters.

Let's start with videos. We think that Windows has better video than Chrome OS



Ok, now let's compare the UI. Looks like Chrome OS has more user-friendly interface than Windows because it's bigger. At least on our screenshots


To compare the popularity of the solutions we counted how many alternatives people search for each of them on the Internet. And it turns out that Windows is more popular than Chrome OS

Now let's look at the recent activities of our competitors:

- Google launched Chrome OS for Enterprise (in 2017)
- Microsoft drops support of Windows Phone (in 2017)
- VMware to include Chrome OS management in Workspace One (in 2017)
- Microsoft introduced subscription model for Windows 10 (in 2016)
- Android apps support coming to Chromebooks (in 2016)
- Microsoft launches Windows 10 (in 2015)
- Microsoft To Provide Free Upgrades To Windows 10 (in 2015)
- Microsoft promises managed enterprise App Stores with Windows 10 (in 2014)
- Microsoft Surface Pro 3 - the tablet that can replace your laptop (in 2014)
- Don't Panic! Microsoft discontinues Windows XP (in 2014)

Looks like Windows was recently more active than Chrome OS (at least in our news). We also found some news, in which Chrome OS and Windows meet head to head:

2017 - Google launched Chrome OS for Enterprise to take on Windows


Google launched enterprise service for large businesses that want to adopt Chrome OS devices. The new Chrome Enterprise subscription, which will cost $50 per device and year, is essentially a rebrand of Chrome Device Management, but with a number of additional capabilities. For enterprises, the main advantage here is that Chrome Enterprise is fully compatible with their existing on-premise Microsoft Active Directory infrastructure. With this update, enterprise users will be able to use their existing credentials to log into their Chrome OS devices and access their Google Cloud services — and IT admins will be able to manage their access to these devices and services. Thus Chrome OS is now more enterprise-ready than Windows.

2014 - Don't Panic! Microsoft discontinues Windows XP to defeate Chrome OS


Today, Microsoft officially ends support for the working horse - Windows XP. The news that they will release an upgrade to XP - was really an April Fool's joke. So what will happen now? First of all, don't panic! Your XP computers won't stop working tomorrow. Just they will no longer receive security patches. Experience shows that most office workers either don't receive these updates, or know how to defend themselves with the help of antivirus and common sense, or let viruses eat their computer independently of these updates. So maybe you do not need to change anything. But if your company is serious about the security, you have two options: upgrade to Windows 8 or alternative operating systems (for example , Google's ChromeOS). Windows 8 costs about $100, but experience shows that the main problem of Win8 is not the price, but the fact that users can't sort it out.

The fact is that Microsoft was so keen transform Windows interface for touch-friendly tablets that computer users with a keyboard and mouse now feel themselves forgotten. The main problem was the absence of the familiar Start button. That's why now Microsoft is rolling back the revolutionary features. In the first update (Windows 8.1) they let users to boot the system with a familiar desktop, icons and Start button. However, this button doesn't work the way users are accustomed to - it just turns on the Metro touchscreen desktop. However, in one of the following updates Microsoft promises to return to normal Start button. They already showed the screenshot last week:



2014 - VMware brings Windows apps to ChromeOS


In April Microsoft will stop supporting of Windows XP and companies need to make a decision about the upgrade of their computers to ensure their security. And if the new CEO of Microsoft won't decide to reduce Windows 8 price, large companies will have to spend quite big money for the update. And Google is going to use this opportunity and push its ChromeOS. Together with VMWare Google is now offering the solution - VMware Horizon DaaS (Desktop as a Service) which allows large companies and service providers to make Windows software work on Chromebooks and Chromboxes. It is a cloud service, which allows you to run Windows applications from within the Chrome browser. Remote access to a Windows machine on Chrome OS is not new. Google even offers its own Remote Desktop app for this, and there are a number of third-party options. But these solutions don’t offer the kind of security features that enterprises look for and VMWare's solution can provide.

2013 - Windows survival plan: Start button, mobile Office, cheap computers to strike back at Chrome OS


The newly published report by IDC showed horrifying numbers of PC sales in the last quarter - they significantly fell, under the pressure of smartphones and tablets. For Microsoft, this means one thing - the market share of its operating system Windows - is rapidly falling. So Microsoft is now ready to admit its mistakes and sacrifice short-term profits in order to save its treasure. The main news - is that the first update Windows 8.1 will return the Start button. The disappearance of this beloved button in Windows 8 plunged many people into panic. Especially office workers. Version .1 - is usually a sign for companies that they can update OS. So, specially for the release of this "business" version the Start button will be returned. In addition, there will be an option to make the conventional desktop default, instead of Metro-style Start Screen.

The second secret weapon that Microsoft decided to use - is Office. Or rather it's absence on the competing platforms. During last 3 years Microsoft promises to port Office to iPad, iPhone, Android. But every time they forget about it. Not that they haven't enough resources to complete this task. It's just not profitable for Microsoft. According to the latest information, Office for Android will not appear until 2014. Of course, iOS and Android have their own document editing apps, but they are not fully compatibility with the (monopoly) Microsoft's formats doc, xls. That is why many business users are afraid to edit documents in these apps.

Finally, the third (and most obvious) way to save Windows - is to reduce the pricing. Surprisingly, Microsoft is still asking $100 and more for the right to install Windows on your computer, and for the right to buy the rest of Microsoft's products. Because of their greed, Microsoft has even killed netbooks.

But now Microsoft is probably understanding that the platform is not for making money, but for tying and retaining users. And they can make many selling other products running on top of the platform. According to recent statements by Microsoft reps - their purpose - is to ensure that OEMs can build Windows 8 machines for under $200 soon.

2011 - Why Microsoft wants to kill netbooks? to keep up competition with Chrome OS


Last week one of the major business-oriented computer manufacturers, Dell announced that it would no longer produce netbooks. The company will be still selling a couple of Latitude business models, but it's not going to develop new netbooks on the upcoming Intel Cedar Trail platform. Obviously, Dell was not happy with netbook sales. And other netbook manufacturers are also having problems. According to ABI Research, netbook sales in Q2 of this year fell to 7.3 million from 13.6 million in the Q1. At the same time, the sales of the competing technology - tablets during the same period grew from 6.4 million to 8.4 million. But tablets aren't the main reason of the netbooks problem. The main reason is Microsoft.

Microsoft didn't like netbooks from the very beginning. Because the idea of netbook is "Cheap, small, low-power laptop for working in the Internet". The Windows operating system appeared to be excessive for netbooks. Everything was ok with Windows XP, but Vista for the device in which the main application - it browser, was not good at all. And the market price of netbooks ($200-300) can't include $100 for Windows license. Microsoft had to sell Windows licenses to OEMs with big discount. And it's losing money each time when a customer chose a cheap netbook instead of a full-featured laptop.

In Windows 7 Microsoft introduced a number of limitations. First, the stripped version of the OS for netbooks Windows 7 Starter could only be installed on netbooks with smaller than 10.1 inch screen and less than 1GB of memory. Second, Windows 7 Starter lacks some important for business features - Windows Server support, encryption, support for workgroups. While business users - are probably the main buyers of netbooks.

As a result, there almost no good Windows-netbooks on the market. But buyers still want the cheap Windows-netbooks.

Another case with tablets. They cost from $600 and people buy them mostly because of apps, but not because of browser. This niche is more interesting for Microsoft. That's why the new Windows 8 is positioned as an OS for tablets.

The last hope for netbooks - is Google, with its Chromebooks and Chinese manufacturers, that love to produce cheap devices.

2011 - Google Chromebooks to support Windows-apps to keep up competition with Windows

Google Chromebooks Windows
Though the iPad is punching the laptop market, Google Chromebooks are progressing quite well and there is no reason to stop their production (like HP Touchpad). Furthermore, Google continues to make Chromebooks enterprise-ready: last week Chrome OS added support for VPN, secure Wi-Fi and virtualization client Citrix Receiver, which allows to run any Windows-based application on Chromebook. But even before these business-critical features were added, Chromebooks were already deployed in such companies as Salesforce.com, Groupon, Logitech, National Geographic, Konica Minolta. Obviously, the Google's offering - Google Notebook for for $28/month - is really cost-saving. In addition, Google has found another perfect market for their Chromebooks - public computers:

In fact, today many hotels, stations, airports, an organization in which visitors have to wait - install public computers to improve their service. And people use these computers only for Internet access. Chromebooks are perfect for this task. They are cheap and safe (people won't fear that computer is infected with spyware, which can steal the password).

Google Chromebooks Virgin
Google has already partnered with global Intercontinental Hotels Group for providing Chromebooks. In addition, Google came up with an idea to lend aircraft passengers Chromebooks for their flights. Such service already provided in the US by Virgin America. Of course, such flights also provide on-board Wi-Fi.

2010 - Google wants to make sys admins happy before putting them out of job to challenge Windows

Google Chrome
As the popularity of web-applications growing, the power goes from operating system to browser. The role of the browser is increasing even more thanks to HTML5 implementation that removes third-party plugins (like Flash). That's why the Chrome browser and browser-based operating system Chrome OS - are strategical products for Google. And, of course, one of the most important objectives is their deployment in the Enterprise. Though Chrome was created with security in mind, so far it really could not even be a consideration for most large corporate IT departments, because of the lack of admin features. In many companies, it was even forbidden by IT, and because of this a year ago Google developed the plug-in Chrome Frame for Internet Explorer, which allows you to embed Chrome into IE bypassing system administrator. But now Google has decided not to play catch-up with the sys admins and released today Google Chrome for Business.

Chrome for the business comes with MSI-installer and allows to use standard deployment tools to install the browser for all managed users and supports different security policies (e.g. enable/disable extensions, control the the password manager, set the proxy server, etc.).

It is interesting that a month ago, Linus Upson, Google’s Vice President of Engineering in charge of Chrome, said that "we hope that Chrome will put corporate sys admins out of their jobs because everything will just be updated automatically over the web." Of course, in this case he meant Chrome OS, but the Chrome browser - is the first (and big) step towards the Chrome OS.

2010 - Google Chrome OS will support desktop applications to challenge Windows

Google Chrome OS
One of the Google Chrome OS developers noted in Chromium Google Group, that this lightweight OS for netbooks will include a terminal client, which enables Chrome-netbooks to run not only web-applications, but also legacy desktop applications. I.e. netbooks with Chrome OS will be able to connect to another computer (or server) with a terminal server and run applications from this computer in a browser. Similarly the well-known Windows Remote Desktop works. What operating systems will the Chrome OS terminal server support - is unknown, but most likely Windows and Windows Server will be in the list .

Terminal access is increasing the Chrome OS' value for Enterprise. After all, despite the progress of Web applications, businesses can't afford to immediately abandon the already running legacy applications. Of course, it is unlikely that companies will replace all the office desktops with Chrome-netbooks. First of all the Chrome OS terminal client will be useful for mobile workers who will be able to access desktop applications remotely via the Internet.

Thus, Google has shown once again its more balanced view on the technology progress. Like in the recent story, when Apple banned Flash on iPhone for the HTML5 revolution, but Google, conversely, added default Flash support to the Chrome browser Chrome, realizing the impossibility of instant transition to the new standard.

2010 - Windows Phone dissapointed business users. Chrome OS should better react

Windows Phone
Today, Microsoft introduced a new version of Windows Mobile 7, which is now called Windows Phone. And if Microsoft wanted to surprise everyone, they succeed. But this surprise wasn't pleasant for all. In its quest to outdo iPhone, the company created a completely new OS with a stunning interface for touch screens. They integrated into single OS their media player - Zune, gaming service - XBox, Bing search and all sorts of social networks ... and made business users panic. And not just because of the interface. All applications that were created for the previous Windows Mobile - will not work on the new platform. New applications will be installed only from the single Marketplace, where they will undergo Microsoft's moderation. Windows Phone does not support Flash - only Silverlight. And it seems that security features of WM are also gone.

Windows Phone Office
So, it seems that Microsoft has made its choice between the consumer and business markets (and in our opinion - it's wrong choice). Perhaps Microsoft is hoping that business users - are also people who love beautiful things, and that is the right way to attract them? Maybe something will change during 8 months before the official release. In any case, Steve Ballmer said the company will continue to invest in Windows Mobile 6.5

2009 - Chrome OS vs Windows Azure: 2-0 Google wins

Chrome OS
This week, Microsoft and Google demoed their new operating systems: Google showed Chrome OS, while Microsoft presented Windows Azure. As for Google Chrome OS, everything simple. This operating system for netbooks containes only a pumped browser. It instantly loads and enables netbooks to run any web-apps on high speed. Users don't not need to install programs - it's supposed that they all run on the Web. Computer stores only files and local cache of these web apps that can work offline (e.g. GMail). Each Web application can't affect others and the system core, thus ensuring the highest level of security and reliability. And most important, the cost of Chrome OS = 0 $, and perhaps this factor will be decisive when users choose between the cloud and traditional applications. The first netbooks with Chrome OS will appear in the second half of 2010.

Windows Azure
While Chrome OS - is the direct attack on Microsoft, the appearance of Windows Azure - is quite consistent with Google strategy, that supposes to move all applications to the Cloud. Moreover, in order to attract more developers, Microsoft added in Azure support for PHP, MySQL, Java, Eclipse and Zend. Thus, it will be easier to move applications between different cloud platforms (for example, from Azure to Amazon). The main Azure advantage over AWS and Rackspace Cloud is a high level of automation, allowing the developer to think only about their applications, rather than about infrastructure issues.

At the presentation, Microsoft also introduced new features:
- Azure SQL - database management service (Amazon RDS alternative)
- Pinpoint.com - online marketplace for applications, companies and experts on Windows Azure
- App Fabric - a suite of services that allow to create "private cloud" on the local Windows Server and integrate it with the "web cloud" located on the Windows Azure

By the way, Microsoft will also provide a virtual Windows Server, running on the Windows Azure  platform, so companies will be able easily move their existing IT infrastructure into Microsoft data-center.

As for Microsoft SaaS applications (Exchange Online, Sharepoint Online, Dynamics CRM Online), so far the company has no plans to combine them with Azure. So, there will be two Windows - use the SaaS services or install Exchange, Sharepoint, Dynamics CRM on the Azure-account.

The Windows Azure pricing will be lower than Amazon's Windows-infrastructure, but higher then Amazon's Linux-infrastructure. The commercial launch of Windows Azure is scheduled on Jan. 1, 2010.