Either way, I can own up to when I'm wrong, and I may be wrong about this Chromebook thing. It seems that the new Chromebook has plenty of interest. It's currently #1 on the Amazon store under laptops and tablets.
So I started considering more about who would be interested in this device. I had a couple thoughts.
- College students at schools that are using Google Apps. It turns out that 61 of the "top 100" (not sure of metric) are using Google Apps. Yale, Northwestern, BU, and a lot more. If I were a poor college student again and didn't have a computer of my own, I would probably consider one of these.
- K-12 students. It seems that districts out there are trying to get a laptop in every child's hands. It occurred to me that advanced districts might be web-based enough to make something like this worth it.
- Companies that are using Google Apps or are otherwise entirely cloud based. I heard of a bank with >100K people moving to Google Apps recently. Chromebook could be a good device for my company's sales folks -- except for the lack of Skype and Go To Meeting. Although, even Windows-based organizations that use Citrix could benefit from using Chromebooks like this.
So, maybe there is a market for this device. With the "cloud storage" benefits, I can see how it starts to add up to having some real value. Either way, I wish Google luck on this endeavor.