FIVE things Chrome OS does better than Windows
Chrome OS has undoubtedly become a trending operating system, being the pillar of Google’s effort to provide a more synergetic ecosystem for its wide user base. It is more often that not being compared to other mainstream OSes such as Windows and Mac OS. In this article, we explore 5 points on how Chrome OS proves superior compared to Windows OS, the leading OS in the industry.
1. Handle low power environment
The standard hardware offering for Chrome OS systems normally start at 4GB ram paired with an Intel Celeron processor. With this spec, the Chrome OS will still run as smooth as a baby’s butt. The fluid experience continues as the apps on Chrome OS mainly rely on Web apps & Android apps, which again have very low hardware requirements since it either rely on the server to process it or is designed to run in smartphone environment. An Intel Celeron processor and 4GB RAM is more than enough to handle that.
We can’t say the same for Windows in the same environment. A system with anything less than 8GB RAM offers merely a basic Windows experience, and an Intel Celeron is barely enough to run light workloads. Usually, to get a pleasant experience, the recommendation is to at least to upgrade from 4GB RAM to 8GB, and even then it is considered the bare minimum nowadays. Chrome OS would happily run on half that amount of memory.
2. Accommodating multiple environment natively
For Windows to run Android apps and Linux app is definitely possible, but the process is not natively supported and requires 3rd party software to enable it. Need to run an android app? Use Blue Stacks! Need to run a Linux app? Why would you want to do that? But anyway, side load Linux! This is the beauty of Windows, there software for every single thing you can think of, well, almost.
But what is better than that? What could be better than software for everything? That would of course be the ability to uses other app built for other OSes natively! Chrome OS has expanded its support for not only web apps to also supporting Android apps some time back, which means you can now run all Android apps natively. Also, from the last few updates, Chrome OS now officially supports the Linux environment as well! Although the support is still in the beta stage, it definitely looks promising.
How many times have you or your friends have gotten their Windows machines infected by viruses? It is a very stressful experience, and to that avoid it we installed antivirus, internet securities, and other mumbo jumbo yet it still seems to happen. Wouldn’t it be nice if the system is secured at the very get-go?
Well Chrome OS definitely has security in mind during development. It is based on the Linux kernel, thus it was designed to allow everyone to submit changes to assist in updating the kernel. This means a great amount of highly skilled developers are looking at the kernel’s code in case anyone gets “creative”.
Furthermore, the apps designed for Chrome OS are what we call Web Apps, which means these apps are running through a browser, and in an individual sandbox environment every time. This means everytime you start a web apps, you’ve basically got a freshly installed version, fully updated, and fully secured by the developer.
But you can’t say Chrome OS is 100% fully secure environment. If there’s a will, there’s always a way. Google has given some thoughts into that, and to avoid the OS booting into an insecure environment, Chrome OS uses a method known as Verified Boot, which the OS will check if the system files are the same as they were when first installed. This ultimately ensures that Chrome OS always boots into a secure environment as Google intended.
4. Short setup time moving from machine to machine
After a fresh Windows installation, the next step is usually to install productivity software and other utilities. This process usually takes a while, but on a Chrome machine, the length of this process drastically shortened. This due to how Chrome OS is designed to rely on web apps to deliver most of its functionality.
Need a word processing app? Head over to Google Docs. Need to prepare slides? Use Google Slides! Need to edit videos? Use WeVideo! Need to edit audio? Use AudioStudio! All of these apps are web apps, and for whatever app you can think of, it is likely that there’s a web app for it. Even when it comes to gaming, Google is developing Google Stadia, a cloud-based gaming platform that will allow users to game over the web. And while Stadia itself is in its early stages of development, Chrome OS is listed among Stadia’s supported environments.
5. No backup? No worries!
One thing that many Windows users dread is unsaved work disappearing. Having hours of work go missing is by far the worst thing that can happen to you. To counter this, most software nowadays have an autosaving feature in place, but still, it does not ward off all of these disastrous situations.
Perhaps one of the most beneficial features that web-based software offer is that all your work is synced online. That means that in the event say your device fails for whatever reason, your work will still be saved online and accessible the moment you get back online.
Of course it is possible to use web-based software on Windows machines as well, but Chrome OS has the advantage of being the one OS that was designed as a platform to harness web-based software on gets the cookie here.