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5 issues that could derail Google's Chromebook

May 14, 2011, 20:11 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paula Rooney)

"But I'll toss in five issues that will also no doubt present challenges for Google's latest open source operating system (and Android as well):

"1. Timing: If it is as successful as the Chrome browser, the ChromeOS will enjoy a nice pickup in market share in no time. But its debut comes at an awkward moment, when business users are beginning to make the leap from the netbook to the iPad or tablet. In the last month or so, I've heard numerous reports that corporate purchasing agents are putting in orders for Apple iPad 2s. Even the Motorola Xoom — which runs Google's other other open source Linux OS, Android 3.0 — is getting a lot of attention because of its ultra portable form factor. Is the Chromebook a little late?"

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