Slashdot is reporting that Chromebooks are the top selling laptop (netbook) on Amazon right now. so you may have a point here.
Just to make the point that Amazon is a consumer website and that list shows what people are buying for use in the main at home. Technology purchases should made be relative to the person using it - this is why netbooks in schools will still continue for the time being as they are cheaper than full priced laptop or ultrabook products, can be flexible and robust, whilst preparing the pupil for future pc and laptop use in Windows. A lot of what an ultrabook can do just isn't needed in class.
I believe that Chromebooks will have a place in this conversation ultimately, but only if the school wants their pupils online all day. I actually think that netbooks are the right long term blend of usability, performance and price point for use in primary school classrooms. Chromebooks and standard laptops become more relevant for secondary with ultrabooks for HE/FE.
As for Android, (and iOS for that matter) why move away from Windows? It's where corporate business is.
Isn't that what we're preparing the kids for anyway?
CyberNerd says, transferable skills are more important than learning a specific interface.
As for apps, I think the wind will change direction in the next few years.
Microsoft Can't Ignore Google Apps Forever (MSFT)
When application software is no longer needed on your client, the need for specific operating systems is gone.
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The problem with netbooks has always been Microsoft's limiting specification - the crippled Windows XP and 7 versions that were permitted on netbooks and the artificial 7" and 10" screen size and keyboard size, RAM and processor limits. While Moore's law meant that bigger screen size and resolutions became cheaper, as did faster processor and RAM, the netbook was stuck within Microsoft's artificial straight jacket which remained the same, in order to qualify for Microsoft's Windows discounts and advertising rebates which were intended to keep Linux netbooks from being sold in significant numbers or advertised by OEMs, and to prevent netbooks from cannibalising the market for more expensive Windows PC on which Microsoft could levy the "Microsoft Tax" to pay for the predatory discounts to subsidize Windows netbooks.
I think Chromebooks - or at least the infrastructure that allows them to work is the ideal solution for higher education and further education as well. A large proportion of universities use Google Apps for domains already, and the use of Windows local applications in a university or further education context is severely problematic. The reason for this is most of these institutions cannot afford to provide and manage locked down Windows laptops for their students on a 1:1 basis (in particular the IT support and maintenance costs for students' client Windows laptops would be horrendous). Therefore they adopt web based course content management systems like Moodle or Blackboard, and Citrix reciever, Ericom HTML5 remoter access etc. and use a BYOD approach. In this context, providing students Windows software to install on their own devices would be a major no no, due the the major legal issues regarding licensing and piracy which would be inevitable. Hence the use of Citrix or Ericom HTML5 server connectors for remote access to Windows applications by students. Now this web based environment, though not tied to any particular device, is exactly what Chromebooks operate in, so in such a BYOD environment, students can use any client device they want - Windows laptops, Chromebooks, Macbooks, iPads, Android tablets etc. They work with everything and don't need any client installation either - all that is required is an HTML5 browser. This is the future for higher education and further education.
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HP Mini-Note 2140 because it had a 10.2" 1366×768 LCD which obviously meant dialog boxes actually fit on the screen.
The artificial restrictions weren't entirely Microsoft's doing though. Intel also didn't want cheap Atom-based netbooks cannibalising sales of laptops with their more expensive (and much more profitable) processors.
I think there will continue to be a range of specific products available which are relevant to the needs of the schools using them.
Why do you think I bought this?
It's a lovely little Samsung Q330, quite a few years old, but still going strong. Samsung make very nice laptops, and this just shouted 'buy me'. The build quality is streets ahead of the HP stuff I've had. The Q330's 13" screen is a perfect size for me.
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