Low-Cost Windows Alternatives
There are plenty of laptops available, but what do you buy when pretty much everything you do is online, you don’t need much in the way of software support, and you want to spend around $300, rather than thousands? A chromebook could be your answer. These inexpensive laptops may not offer a full Windows experience, but their web-centric operation and ultralow prices make them perfect for light-usage social media and web-based productivity. If you spend more than 90 percent of your computer time in a web browser, you should have no trouble using a chromebook as your primary PC.
Chromebooks typically don’t pack impressive hardware, but they also rarely require it. Because you’ll be visiting websites and running programs all from Chrome OS, which is basically a souped-up version of the lean-running Chrome web browser, the technical barrier to entry is low. This also means you don’t have to deal with downloading and installing traditional software; if you can’t do something on a standard webpage, chances are you will be able to from one of the thousands of apps and extensions available to Chrome OS users.
With just a few clicks, your chromebook can have almost as much functionality as a budget Windows laptop, and you even can install any app designed for the Android mobile OS on many newer chromebooks. This means Microsoft Office is now available on many chromebooks via the Google Play store for Chrome, a revolution in functionality that removes one of the last barriers preventing productivity devotees from switching to Chrome. If the chromebook you’re eyeing is on Google’s list of chromebooks that can run Android apps, it can run Office apps, according to Microsoft. This development could be a game-changer that obliterates the already-blurring line between laptops and dedicated mobile devices like smartphones and tablets….