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Google Says Windows is Torturing Users

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 157 comments

Them's fightin' words.

Google yesterday unleashed the full details on the public launch of the Chrome OS notebooks – or what the company now calls Chromebooks.

It's the big push by Google to run the desktop and laptop world with the idea to take away market share from Microsoft by relieving users and support staff of "torture" from Windows.

"With Microsoft, and other operating system vendors, I think the complexity of managing your computer is really torturing users," Google co-founder Sergey Brin said, quoted by Network World. "It's torturing everyone in this room. It's a flawed model fundamentally. Chromebooks are a new model that doesn't put the burden of managing the computer on yourself."

The key to Chrome OS is in its simplicity to the user. The data storage, applications, and even system updates are all done by Google in the cloud. In theory, this should free IT from having to deal with lost data, backups and outdated software.

Google claims that 75 percent of business users can be converted from Windows to Chrome OS right away.

In fact, inside Google, Brin estimated that only about 20 percent of its employees still use Windows. The rest of the staff either run Mac OS X or a flavor of Linux.

As far as Windows goes, however, Brin doesn't have any issue with the latest version – just that it doesn't operate like Chrome OS.

"I don't think there is anything inherently wrong with Windows," Brin said. "Windows 7 has some great security features."

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    kalogagatya , May 16, 2011 12:05 PM
    Oh I am so NOT going to have my data on the cloud!!
    I have my data right here next to me where it belongs....
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    geofry , May 16, 2011 12:09 PM
    Just here hold still for a second let me put this collar around your neck and attach it to this chain. You didn't really want any responsibility anyway right? Honestly it's for your own good. Trust us.

    Uh...how about go blow a goat Google.
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    sync_nine , May 16, 2011 12:10 PM
    Can it handle gaming?
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  • 27 Hide
    kalogagatya , May 16, 2011 12:05 PM
    Oh I am so NOT going to have my data on the cloud!!
    I have my data right here next to me where it belongs....
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    nebun , May 16, 2011 12:09 PM
    so how exactly is windows torturing me?....wait, i just lost an eye...wtf, google?
  • 15 Hide
    geofry , May 16, 2011 12:09 PM
    Just here hold still for a second let me put this collar around your neck and attach it to this chain. You didn't really want any responsibility anyway right? Honestly it's for your own good. Trust us.

    Uh...how about go blow a goat Google.
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    sync_nine , May 16, 2011 12:10 PM
    Can it handle gaming?
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    nebun , May 16, 2011 12:10 PM
    almost forgot....if you think that google OS is more secure, think again...it is not, by a long shot
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    sirmorluk , May 16, 2011 12:11 PM
    Hooey!
  • 5 Hide
    Anonymous , May 16, 2011 12:11 PM
    Call us when we can run Crysis on your OS. Arrogant google is arrogant.
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    timinator , May 16, 2011 12:12 PM
    The only Windows tortured was my wallet when I bought the full instal of Windows 7 Ultimate. :) 
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    timinator , May 16, 2011 12:14 PM
    ACK! Need.. more.. coffee.. fingers.. not.. working.. yet..

    EDIT: The only thing Windows tortured was my wallet when I bought the full install of Windows 7 Ultimate. :) 
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    amk-aka-Phantom , May 16, 2011 12:21 PM
    Totally... I just HATE setting up my rig exactly the way I like it! Screw it, I'm gonna hand the control over to Google! But wait... can they run Crysis? ;) 

    Ok, seriously now. We WANT this control and complexity. And we DON'T want desktop/laptop OSs dumbed down to the same level as phone OSs.

    "The key to Chrome OS is in its simplicity to the user. The data storage, applications, and even system updates are all done by Google in the cloud. In theory, this should free IT from having to deal with lost data, backups and outdated software."

    So, basically, Google takes away all the fun from using a computer? How predictable. This may be suitable for business users, but then, again, for them even an outdated Celeron rig with MS Office 2003 is enough.

    Only an idiot will go for the cloud when it doesn't bring any benefits. Basically they're just trying to make everyone use the Internet as much as possible. As if the fact that no software can be legally used nowadays without the Internet is not enough! OS registration, updates, software registration... now add the fact of just running an OS to that list.

    Go, zombies... take off the "burden" of managing your computer - Google will do it for you! Just don't be surprised when it turns out the way Google thinks it should be done isn't really the same as yours.

    Honestly, Google's becoming as bad as Apple - SUDDENLY, without any users complaining, managing your own system becomes uncool and everything should move to a cloud. If the majority of the computer users wouldn't be so uneducated, this new trend wouldn't even exist. But no, since everyone is so stupid, any company can create just about any stupid service/product, advertise it a bit, and everything will sell...

    Ask that question yourself - do YOU need a cloud? Why? Are you ready to accept the fact that your data isn't yours anymore? Are you ready to let Google decide what's best for you? If not - forget about Chrome OS.
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    davewolfgang , May 16, 2011 12:21 PM
    And FB is in trouble for wanting to push negative articles about Google....

    ...But G is quite OK with doing it to anyone ELSE???

    To me, THIS is a negative article about G being pushed by G. ;-)
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    pelov , May 16, 2011 12:22 PM
    HELP! HELP ME! They're keeping me in a dark room chained to a water heater. Send help! Please!
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    pepeda , May 16, 2011 12:24 PM
    I don't think Google OS is less secure than other systems.

    Anyway, it's easy to say things without justification, reports or statistics.
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    TunaSoda , May 16, 2011 12:24 PM
    I want to manage the computer myself... FY Google
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    Anonymous , May 16, 2011 12:39 PM
    He didn't say "nodoby" wants to manage their computer, he said "most people" and judging by iPad sales, he's probably right. Most people don't read Tom's Hardware either.
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    chaos133 , May 16, 2011 12:40 PM
    I can see in around 5 to 10 years time story's about how everyone's Cloud based data got hacked and deleted.

    Cloud based computing will never be as stable and reliable as having your own local Programs and Data.
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    beardguy , May 16, 2011 12:42 PM
    Sure maybe they can, but I find it extremely hard to believe 75% of business users would WANT to be converted right away. You ever notice that every "service" Google offers is always a way to collect and archive more data from their users? I bet these Chromebooks are going to be junk.

    There's no way I'm letting Googles cloud manage any of my important documents, sorry.
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    shin0bi272 , May 16, 2011 12:43 PM
    http://www.cracked.com/article_18540_5-reasons-you-should-be-scared-google.html

    http://gawker.com/5762845/glenn-beck-is-afraid-of-google

    Then theres a book out now on why you should be afraid of google... lets just say "they know"..... if you're thinking it ... they know... if you ever put it into a computer ... they know... and they dont delete ANYTHING.
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    macewrox , May 16, 2011 12:43 PM
    Hey guys remember when Netscape picked a fight with Microsoft?

    Yeeeaaaahhhh.

    Yeeeeeeaaaaaahhhhh.
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