Look, the whole point of Chrome OS is…Chrome. But if you’re a rebel and a fighter, you can step outside that box and do the unthinkable: Install Firefox on your Chromebook. Here’s how it’s done.
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A Chromebook is an excellent and often cheap alternative to most laptops running Windows or MacOS. However, given the limited storage and use of the cloud with ChromeOS, major software that lots of people use on Windows and MacOS are unavailable. The good news is that things are slowly changing, especially with the option to now access Android apps on ChromeOS.
Even though I’ve been enthralled by Android since the original Galaxy S Fascinate on Verizon Wireless, it took me until this year to finally give Google’s desktop operating system — Chrome OS — a proper try.
I dabbled with Chrome OS a bit back at my high school on education-focused machines, but I’ve never actually owned a proper “adult” Chromebook to get an idea for how the platform works and feels on a day-to-day basis.
If you’re thinking about buying a Chromebook, you’re probably wondering whether it will run a word processor that suits your needs. If you use Google Docs, there’s no problem. Google Docs is identical on Chromebooks and Windows platforms. Microsoft’s Word is another matter. There’s a Word for Android app that works beautifully on a Chromebook, but it’s not as full-featured as Word for Windows. Here’s how the two versions of Word differ so you can decide if Word for Android will work for you.
Chromebooks are great at so many things. They’re an inexpensive alternative to many laptops, and their storage is largely cloud based for extra convenience. You can use them for all of your chat needs, but if you want to use Skype for Chromebook, you’re out of luck. Sort of.
Chromebooks are the perfect computer for most people: they’re easy to operate, all your data is backed up automatically, and set up is a breeze. But, if you’re already in another ecosystem, it can be a little daunting when you think about moving.
Here’s how to move from a Windows laptop to a Chromebook!
If we specifically talk about specifications, Chromebook is surely a powerful machine. Initially launched in 2010 along with CR-48 model, they have surely come a long way since then. Chromebooks exclusively run on Google’s web centric Operating system aka Chrome OS. Chrome OS is a bit different than Windows environment of course and has a more Chrome browser like appearance. As per the software and OS, Chromebooks are incredibly lightweight than Windows and Mac.
If you’re a bit more curious about Chromebook environment here are few more things about Chrome OS you may have not known about.
For the longest time, Chrome OS has had an “Add to Shelf” option that turned regular websites into something that sort of resembled an app. Google has recently removed “Add to Shelf,” but there’s still a way to get the same results. Here’s how.
In 2012, Google released Google Drive– their free and online answer to the Microsoft Suite. Google Docs, the equivalent of Microsoft Word is a pretty marvelous tool for content creators and anyone who writes on a regular basis. Let’s take a look at how it works.
Chromebooks have come a long way since the original Cr-48 back in 2010, and are now more powerful (and mainstream) than ever. If you’re curious about Google’s web-centric operating system, here are some things you may not know.