Join Doug Winnie for an in-depth discussion in this video What is Chrome OS?, part of Up and Running with Chrome OS.
Chrome starts off as a web browser built by Google. As a web browser, it's used for accessing websites, working with web applications, using cloud storage to access files and documents, to browse social medial like Facebook or Twitter, and then also access entertainment and media services like Google Play, Netflix, Spotify, or Ardeo. Now, with that, many people are moving to the browser. Over time, more and more people started to use exclusively the web browser for their day-to-day work. For example, there are many people that use Google Apps instead of Microsoft Office, or use online banking instead of Quicken, or listen to music using streaming services instead of downloading and purchasing music on iTunes.
And also working with files on services like Dropbox or Google Drive, instead of storing them on their local computer. With these changes to the way that people work with their computers and with their apps and services and files, Google looked at Chrome as the new desktop for what people do each and every day. But at the time, Chrome had to be installed on a computer with an operating system like Windows, OS X, or Linux. If everything that people were doing is in a web browser, Google then asks the question, what if Chrome was the operating system? With that, Chrome OS and the Chromebook were born.
With the operating system gone though, there are some distinct differences to how Chrome OS works compared to a traditional laptop or computer.
This course explains the differences between Chrome and other operating systems like Windows or Mac OS X, and its advantages and disadvantages in relation to these traditional counterparts. You'll also learn how to navigate the OS user interface, work with files, install and manage apps, and customize the Chrome interface for that personalized touch.