Chrome OS vs. Windows 7: Pros and Cons of Each
Google is expected to roll out Chrome OS in 2011. Even before its launch, tech gurus and geeks are pitting it against Microsoft’s Windows 7. Both operating systems have their share of pros and cons, some of which are outlined below.
Chrome OS Pros and Cons
- Less demanding on system resources – In general, the Windows OS uses quite a chunk of the system’s resources making it slower than the Chrome OS. Because Chrome OS is web-centric, it frees up those resources that Windows 7 often uses.
- Chrome OS stores very little locally – This operating system by Google is meant for cloud computing. User settings, data, content and even applications will be stored in Google’s servers and not in the local hard drive. Chrome OS will utilize the Chrome browser thus making it a web/browser-centric OS.
- Data is secured by providers of web applications and servers – No need to install any of the antivirus software commonly used today. This is an advantage because Google and other online hosts have better resources in terms of data protection.
- Originally created for netbooks – Some quarters are saying that the Chrome OS was initially created for use by netbooks and not by stand-alone PCs, laptops and tablets. Unfortunately, netbooks are increasingly becoming less popular nowadays.
- Not touch-centric – The Chrome OS is tailored for computers that rely more on keyboards. So moving this operating system to tablets, which are increasingly becoming popular each day, will not be simple.
- Need for connectivity – A number of apps geared for Chrome OS will require internet connection. This is a problem when you are in an area where internet connection is problematic or even unavailable.
- Security issues – Since data is not stored locally, some are concerned about data privacy and security.
Windows 7 Pros and Cons
- Used in all types of computers – Because of its popularity, there is excellent technical support for Windows 7.
- Offers better security – Compared to its predecessors, the Windows 7 OS has better security features.
- Also uses the Cloud – Windows 7 taps into Windows Live Essentials suit in order to maintain the Cloud connections used by earlier Windows versions.
- Heavily uses system resources – As with other Windows OS, Windows 7 uses a big part of the system resources making speed an issue. Websites tend to load slower because of this. Multitasking can also be slow.
- No migration from predecessors – You cannot install Windows 7 over Windows XP and expect to keep your settings, drivers, and software. However, Windows 7 will place your old files in the windows.old folder should you need them.
It is hard to say if Chrome OS will be able to inch past Windows 7 once this new operating system hits the market. Not everyone has dependable high speed internet connection which Chrome OS needs to do multiple tasks and run certain applications. For now, the tech world just has to wait and see.
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