Not a day goes by without people using various types of devices for their daily tasks. With work becoming more location-independent and flexible, people are requiring devices with high portability and flexibility. Even though our smartphone is now powerful enough to handle various tasks, working on a small screen may not be comfortable in long run.
This need was what led to the development of laptops and there is a continuous iteration of laptops each time becoming more powerful and also more portable. Chromebooks are the best example. Made very thin and light, these devices are a big help to many students and knowledge-seekers.
These are light-weight and thin laptops with relatively fewer specifications aimed for better portability. They are introduced by Google and runs less-demanding Chrome OS developed by the same company.
They are most suitable for students and similar people who just need a portable device to take notes and surf internet on the go. The performance of this device cannot be compared with the likes of ultrabooks as portability is the main focus here.
Why Is Chromebook Microsoft’s Target?
Microsoft until a few years a back is a software provider and a minor hardware provider. But since the purchase of Nokia Lumia line, the tech giant entered into the fray of hardware. With Microsoft phones reaching a stagnation point, the company has its eyes on the Laptops.
Aiming for a better optimisation between software and hardware like Apple, Microsoft is keen to develop devices that are optimised very well with their number-one operating system Windows.
It already named the new line-up as Surface and started releasing premium devices that achieved good reviews and the trust of customers. But the burning issue is the price of these devices. Hence continuing its premium line, Microsoft is also eyeing on the not so premium-target people that is students.
This resulted in what experts are calling, a possible new device series like Google Chromebook mainly considering students.
This is likely to be the name of this new device. Also, being called as Windows Cloudbook, the specifications are nearer to that of Chromebook. The main aim of Microsoft is to produce a device that can have an all-day battery life, a perfect choice for students.
According to Windows Central, the comparison of features for Windows Cloud and Chromebook are as follows:
When Will Microsoft Make Its Move?
With an invite saying “Learn what’s next. #MicrosoftEDU,” the event will be held on May 2nd in New York and is mostly focussed on education. This event will likely be
the place where Microsoft may announce its future devices but it is highly unlikely for Microsoft to release any devices.
Who Will Be The Winner of This Clash?
Judging from the history, Microsoft will be aggressive on its competitor like it has done with the Surface taking on Apple widely open. But we imagined a scenario of the clash between these two devices and the results are as follows
OS - Windows - Highly Versatile, ChromeOS - Buggy and Snappy
Apps Availability - Windows - Rapidly developing Store, ChromeOS - Wide range of apps but less than Play store
Customers Vote - Windows - Favourite choice of majority, ChromeOS - Immediate choice of App developers