301-571-5040    Get SUPPORT

Washington Works Blog

Clearing Up Some Chromebook Confusion

Clearing Up Some Chromebook Confusion

Chromebooks might be simple, but they aren’t as limited as you might think they are. They might have once been limited, but more recent models are much more capable of accomplishing just as much, if not more, than any of their previous iterations. Here are some of the most common misconceptions that people have about Chromebooks.

As a word of caution, many of the counterpoints that we have about Chromebooks refer to their more recent versions. Older and less expensive Chromebooks may not have some of these capabilities.

“Chromebooks Can’t Run Your Business Applications”
We think that this assumption jumps the gun a little too much, as the older Chromebooks have come a long way in terms of compatibility with helpful solutions. The general idea behind the Chromebook was once that it only runs the Chrome Internet browser, making it much more lightweight than other solutions. However, it can now run applications developed for Android, Windows, and Linux, and - even better - it has the capability to run all of these in the same user session.

This added functionality alone is enough of a reason to consider a Chromebook for your less intensive needs. Chromebooks have even more functionality if you’re willing to get creative with how you use your applications and operating systems. Since a Chromebook is compatible with Linux, it has become a popular platform for developers, and its Android support also allows for access to all of the photo editing applications that they might have access to on their mobile device.

“You Need the Internet to Be Productive”
Since Chromebooks are designed with the intent of using the Chrome web browser and the cloud to their fullest, many users believe that they absolutely require an Internet connection in order to be effective. Again, this used to be the case, but Chromebooks can utilize more offline modes than ever before. You can work on files offline and have them sync to the cloud later. There are also extensions available through the Chrome Web Store that can allow for this kind of functionality.

“Chromebooks Can Be Cheap and Limiting”
While it’s true that there are budget-friendly Chromebooks out there, that doesn’t mean that their capabilities fall short of your needs. After all, you get what you pay for. If you’re looking for a budget device that can accomplish many of the same functions as a web browser and its connected apps, then a Chromebook could suit your needs just fine. To an extent, you can consider a Chromebook a little more valuable in the flexibility department, as it can really help having access to all of those extensions and Android applications. In a way, this makes it better than Windows and macOS to a certain degree. Too many extensions can slow down a Chrome browser on a desktop, whereas a Chromebook doesn’t seem to have this issue.

Granted, the more functionality a Chromebook has, the higher the price tag. In this sense, a Chromebook is no different from your typical laptop. Washington Works can help you determine which solution is best for your business. To learn more, reach out to us at 301-571-5040.

Should High-Speed Internet Access Be a Luxury?
Do You Know All the Things an MSP Can Do?


No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment
Already Registered? Login Here
Friday, January 18 2019
If you'd like to register, please fill in the username, password and name fields.

Captcha Image

Mobile? Grab this Article!

QR-Code dieser Seite

Tag Cloud

Security Tip of the Week Technology Best Practices Cloud Business Computing Malware Privacy Hackers Productivity Network Security Business Email Software Tech Term Hosted Solutions Internet Data Backup Computer Data Mobile Devices Managed IT Services Ransomware Backup IT Support Microsoft Data Recovery User Tips Google Efficiency Outsourced IT Productivity Innovation Hardware Cloud Computing Small Business Managed Service Provider IT Services Smartphone Encryption Workplace Tips Business Management Android Paperless Office Social Media Business Continuity Communication Data Management Managed IT Services Save Money Browser Office 365 Collaboration Remote Monitoring Windows 10 Smartphones Windows 10 Server Disaster Recovery Bandwidth Government Holiday Healthcare Wi-Fi Scam Antivirus Communications Vulnerability Passwords IT Management App Cybersecurity Artificial Intelligence Employer-Employee Relationship BYOD BDR Work/Life Balance Internet of Things Infrastructure Tip of the week Unified Threat Management Facebook Phishing VoIP Document Management Two-factor Authentication Compliance Blockchain Risk Management How To Network Windows Apps SaaS Mobile Device Quick Tips Maintenance Customer Relationship Management Word Big Data Hosted Solution Office Chrome Password Upgrade Applications Saving Money Politics Money Managed Service Chromebook Information Virtual Reality File Sharing Vendor Management Automation Meetings Botnet Gmail Alert Data loss Tech Support Regulations Health IoT How To Automobile Storage Machine Learning VPN Samsung Hacker Microsoft Office Data Security Physical Security Identity Theft Twitter Electronic Medical Records Business Technology Computing Server Management Point of Sale Virtual Private Network Access Control HIPAA Telephone Systems Website Robot Remote Monitoring and Management G Suite Mobile Security Employees Private Cloud Computer Care Recovery Social Firewall Remote Workers Company Culture Downtime Remote Computing Smart Technology Taxes Wireless Training Mobile Device Management Router Websites Patch Management Electronic Health Records Language Internet Exlporer Backup and Disaster Recovery Comparison Cameras Connectivity Staffing High-Speed Internet Finance Multi-Factor Security Mirgation Disaster Heating/Cooling Professional Services Monitoring Enterprise Content Management Bookmarks Augmented Reality User Error Time Management Cybercrime Printing Asset Tracking Tech Terms Managed IT Service Modem Management Cyberattacks Computing Infrastructure Value Administrator Networking Cortana Black Market MSP Human Error Specifications Law Enforcement CCTV Permissions Emoji Development IBM Authentication Google Calendar Uninterrupted Power Supply Servers Webcam Crowdsourcing USB Consulting YouTube Education Unified Communications The Internet of Things Favorites Printer Wearable Technology Network Management Remote Worker OneNote Theft Break Fix Cookies Enterprise Resource Planning Files Alerts Gadgets Proactive Budget Permission Black Friday Social Networking Gadget Managed IT Managed Services Provider Fraud Star Wars Analytics WiFi Cables Authorization Legislation Chatbots Personal Information Dongle Settings Relocation Cleaning Update Bring Your Own Device Project Management IT Support Touchscreen Travel ROI Employee-Employer Relationship Dark Web Nanotechnology Mobile Read Only Licensing Google Drive Supercomputer Financial Users Test Cyber Monday Motherboard Corporate Profile Outlook Legal Service Level Agreement E-Commerce Cost Management Lenovo GPS Wires Customer Service Mouse Identity Solid State Drive Statistics Microsoft Excel Screen Reader Digital Mail Merge Vulnerabilities Conferencing SharePoint Cabling Motion Sickness Notifications Cooperation VoIP Techology IT Solutions IT Budget Procurement WPA3 RMM WannaCry Shortcut Sports Utility Computing Features Hotspot Assessment Firefox Office Tips Superfish Virtualization Tracking Spam Zero-Day Threat Tablet Hard Disk Drive Bluetooth Web Server Computer Repair Smart Tech Spyware Error Address Geography Instant Messaging Downloads IT Technicians Managing Stress Help Desk Unified Threat Management Staff Avoiding Downtime Upgrades Digital Payment Security Cameras Processors Fleet Tracking Operating System Distributed Denial of Service Monitors Search IT Consultant Presentation Regulation CrashOverride Lithium-ion battery Wireless Technology 5G Emergency Safety Marketing Competition Hiring/Firing IP Address Fun Miscellaneous Mobile Office Domains Printers Hard Drives Public Speaking