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Chrome OS overtakes Macs for second place OS market share for the first time


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According to numbers from market research firm IDC, Chrome OS overtook macOS for the first time in 2020 in user install base. For decades, Windows has had a stranglehold on the PC market, and that has not changed. The contest has historically been between macOS, Linux, and, more recently, Chrome OS.

Source: https://www.techspot.com/news/88677-chrome-os-overtakes-macos-second-place-annual-market.html

 

As much as I dislike macOS... Chrome is so much worse. I wonder if this says more about chromes success or apples failure. 

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21 minutes ago, UltraMega said:

Source: https://www.techspot.com/news/88677-chrome-os-overtakes-macos-second-place-annual-market.html

 

As much as I dislike macOS... Chrome is so much worse. I wonder if this says more about chromes success or apples failure. 

6 of one,half a dozen of the other? With the price of the Chrome books and the hardware on some of them you can understand why people would choose those over a Mac for some home uses(school,light work)

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9 minutes ago, schuck6566 said:

6 of one,half a dozen of the other? With the price of the Chrome books and the hardware on some of them you can understand why people would choose those over a Mac for some home uses(school,light work)

I can't understand why someone would choose chrome OS over windows though. The only people I've ever met with a chrome book received them as gifts from their grandparents who thought they were normal windows computers.

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Chromebooks are fine for browsing and word processing etc, but after that I find their usefulness tapers off quickly. It would not be a purchase I would make but for the older folks who are wanting a super simple "It just works" experience, then it makes more sense.

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2 minutes ago, UltraMega said:

I can't understand why someone would choose chrome OS over windows though. The only people I've ever met with a chrome book received them as gifts from their grandparents who thought they were normal windows computers.

I'm reading more on it now,alot of it looks like the sales because of the covid issue(home schooling,work) ". What's more, they're actually selling faster than Macs at this point, with Chrome OS representing roughly 13% of all U.S. computer shipments in the fourth quarter of 2020 compared to Apple's 8.7% share, according to Gartner."https://www.computerworld.com/article/3603041/chrome-os-features.html

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24 minutes ago, ENTERPRISE said:

Chromebooks are fine for browsing and word processing etc, but after that I find their usefulness tapers off quickly. It would not be a purchase I would make but for the older folks who are wanting a super simple "It just works" experience, then it makes more sense.

lol, don't be so stand offish, after all,it now ships with Stadia as 1 of the Default Apps! https://www.androidpolice.com/2020/12/08/every-new-feature-and-improvement-weve-found-in-chrome-os-87/

Dang! I may just pick 1 up to play with 4 the hell of it. never mind,looking @ prices, there are notebooks from Acer and Asus with Windows 10 and better specs in the same price range as the mid to upper end chromebooks. *? The world has gone mad,MAD I SAY! ?

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Huh, had no idea Chromebooks were that popular. I've never used one myself. My Dad has one. I think he got it because it was cheap but quickly figured out you can't do much on it.

 

I do use a MacBook Pro everyday for work and I hate and I mean HATE this MacOS with a passion. Not only does it have a bunch of little things that just grate on me as a user, it also does updates and restarts randomly at inconvenient times way more than any of my Windows machines have.

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Not really surprising. The cheapest MacBook you can get is the Air at $1000 and the cheapest Mac you can get is Mac Mini for $700 (doesn't include keyboard, mouse/trackpad or monitor). You can get ChromeBooks for as little is $180.

 

Given that almost no one has a laptop/desktop any more, at least before the pandemic and now they need one to do work/school from home, they're going to buy the cheapest one they can.

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