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Google Says Windows is Torturing Users

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 In theory, this should free IT from having to deal with lost data, backups and outdated software.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."

Marcus Yam
Marcus Yam served as Tom's Hardware News Director during 2008-2014. He entered tech media in the late 90s and fondly remembers the days when an overclocked Celeron 300A and Voodoo2 SLI comprised a gaming rig with the ultimate street cred.
  • kalogagatya
    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
    so how exactly is windows torturing me?....wait, i just lost an eye...wtf, google?
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  • geofry
    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
    Can it handle gaming?
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  • nebun
    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
    Hooey!
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  • Call us when we can run Crysis on your OS. Arrogant google is arrogant.
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  • The only Windows tortured was my wallet when I bought the full instal of Windows 7 Ultimate. :)
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  • 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
    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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