What Makes ChromeOS Different?

Joshua Ramsey

Most of us are probably familiar with ChromeOS thanks to its establishment in the K–12 market during the early 2010s. In recent years, ChromeOS’s foray into the enterprise space has also started taking off.

One of the key differences between ChromeOS devices and other office computers—running Windows or macOS—is the way they handle software. Applications on a traditional device are stored locally on a hard drive. These applications can be resource intensive, requiring a significant amount of processing power and memory to run smoothly.

Google’s ChromeOS, on the other hand, is designed to work with Web-based applications that are accessed through the Chrome browser on Chromebooks, Chromebases, and Chromeboxes. These applications are hosted on remote servers, which means they don’t require a lot of processing power or memory to run. This makes ChromeOS devices more lightweight and portable than traditional office computers.

Storage Wars

Another key difference is the way ChromeOS handles data storage. ChromeOS devices typically have very little local storage, usually just enough for the operating system and a few basic applications. Instead, users are encouraged to store their data in the cloud—either through services like Google Drive or other cloud-based storage solutions.

This approach has several advantages. First, it means that users can access their data from any ChromeOS device with an Internet connection, making it easier to work on the go or collaborate with others. Second, it reduces the risk of data loss or corruption, as data is stored securely in the cloud and can be easily recovered in the event of a hardware failure.

Built-in, Automated Security

Finally, ChromeOS is designed to be more secure than the operating system found on traditional office computers. Because it is optimized for cloud-based computing, ChromeOS is less vulnerable to malware and other security threats that commonly attack PC and Mac devices. It’s worth taking note that ChromeOS has never experienced a reported ransomware attack to date. In addition, ChromeOS devices receive regular security updates from Google, ensuring that they remain protected against the latest threats.

In conclusion, ChromeOS is a lightweight, modern operating system that is designed to work primarily with Web-based applications. It is optimized for cloud-based computing and is designed to be more portable, secure, and easier to use than traditional office computers. While it may not be suitable for everyone, it is an excellent option for users who value mobility, security, and ease of use. 

Joshua Ramsey, ChromeOS Solutions Specialist at Connection, has an extensive background in Information Technology Management with specialties in managing IT deployments. However, his focus nowadays is on helping businesses and organizations transition to a modern, cloud-based infrastructure through the implementation of Google ChromeOS and its supporting solutions. When he’s not on the clock, Joshua loves to participate in softball, volleyball, and golf—and hang out with his retired racing greyhound.