Will Google and Chromebooks Replace PC’s

Chomebooks

I was walking through Wal-Mart the other day and seen this rather large display of Chromebooks. If you don’t know what a Chromebook is or how they work I will give you a little insight.

A Chromebook runs the lite version of a FREE operating system. When you open the Chromebook it will turn on and be ready in seconds. You log into the Chromebook with a Google account or just think of this as your Gmail account. So this is not Windows or an Apple Mac. It is a Chromebook. With the Chromebook, almost everything you do will be online. This means you will work on documents or spreadsheets on a browser.

I often get asked the question. Can you install Windows games on the Chromebook? The simple answer is NO! But you can play thousands of online games. The next question. Can you install any programs on the Chromebook? Well, the good news is YES! A few years ago Google opened up the Play Store on the Chromebook and now you can install Android Apps on the Chromebook.

So your last question would be why would I buy a Chromebook? This question is easy. If you don’t need large powerful Windows programs or some program that runs on a Mac then the Chromebook can be for you. If you never want your computer to slow down again and never get a virus or pay for anti-virus than the Chromebook is for you. If you would like to pay as little as $150.00 for a laptop that will last you for years then the Chromebook is for you!

My final thought is that you can even now use Microsoft Office Online. Of course, you need a paid subscription but it works well. I need to look into buying another Chromebook for myself. Since I am not working in schools at this point I don’t get to get my hands on them enough.

Online Office Applications

365 and Google Apps

If there is one thing that I have found out over my years of computers is that the file you want never seems to be reachable. While that is all changing with the help of a little catch phase “The Cloud”.

Many schools are turning to either Google Apps or Office 365. These online services allow you to work on documents, spreadsheets and presentations where ever and from what ever computer or device you might be working on.

Look back to not that long ago we all carried flash drive or thumb drives. Did you ever get the sick feeling when you are suppose to present and your trusty flash drive is laying at home on your end table? Well no more. Now that we can log onto a site and have access to our working documents from where ever you have an Internet connection. Life just got a little easier and have 24/7 access to your work.

Deciding which one to use is really a personal choice. If you have been using Microsoft Office for years you might want to choose Office 365. If you are someone like me that can adapt and learn new things then choose Google Apps. Or some people might choose to use both.

And remember both of these work on IOS and Android devices. This means when you are in a taxi or on a bus you can make those last minute touches on your work before getting to work.

The bottom line is for you to cut your ties with your computer and move over to the world of “THE CLOUD!”

 

Chrome Cast

You have a smart phone or a tablet, or maybe you have a computer and thought it would be nice to be able to show your You Tube videos on your large screen in the family room.

Now you can and for as little as $35.00! Meet the Chrome Cast, it is a little device that plugs into on of your TV’s HDMI inputs and then you plug it into a electrical outlet and you are almost ready. The last step is to put it on your network. Basically you set it up on your wireless in your house. Download the app for the smart phone or tablet and you are ready to do some viewing. If you want to show something from the computer, you need to install the Chrome browser and then add the extension. Don’t worry this is easy to do.

I received a Chrome Cast for my birthday. I took it out of the box and had it casting and ready for content in about 15 minutes and this is just because I had to allow it to update.

The Chrome Cast device is still young. It will just keep getting better, and will allow you to cast even more content to the device. From what I have seen so far you can send to the device, Net Flix, Hulu, Pandora, Plex Streaming, You Tube. There are a few others on the screen that I never heard of so I won’t report it here. I have even talked to some non tech people and they connected it and learned how to use it with ease and they said they love it. Some people have more then one and have them in all of their rooms with TV’s.

Chrome Cast