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Google is touting the first-ever ChromeOS laptopper. Google apparently learned a lesson about pre-announcing products -- the laptop isn't due till next summer. Samsung and Acer are the first two OEMs.

(The term Chrome is a bit confusing -- Google uses the same name for its browser and operating system.)

The machines could have just as easily been designed by Larry Ellison and Scott McNealy, the two proponents of the hard-drive-free Network Computer. Like the NC, Chrome laptops rely on the Internet. The apps and your data rest in the cloud.

That can be cool (so long as you are connected), but I wonder how vendors will charge for apps and storage. Rather than a one-time fee, we could be made to pay on and on. Samsung and Acer are the first two OEMs.

Would you use a disk-free PC? You tell me at dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Posted by Doug Barney on 12/08/2010 at 1:18 PM


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