Would You Buy a Chromebook?

Walt Mossberg:

Would you buy a laptop that comes with only one major program—a Web browser—and doesn’t allow you to install widely used software such as Microsoft Office, Apple’s iTunes, Adobe Reader, or, in fact, any other locally installed program?

Are you ready for a laptop that has almost no storage space to hold your personal files, photos and videos, and is designed around the idea that you’ll keep all that precious personal stuff on remote servers?

How about a laptop that can do almost nothing unless it had an active Internet connection; for instance, one that wouldn’t let you read and write email, or check your calendar, offline? Would you buy that?




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