Is Chrome OS right for you? A 3-question quiz to find out

Google’s Chrome OS is one of the world’s most misunderstood computing platforms. Chromebooks are foundationally different from traditional PCs, after all — and consequently, there are a lot of misconceptions about how they work and what they can and cannot do.

Since people are always asking me whether a Chromebook might be right for their needs, I thought I’d put together a quick guide to help any such wonderers figure it out. Whether it’s you or someone you know who’s curious, the following three questions should help shed some light on what the platform’s all about and for whom it makes sense.

1. Do you spend most of your time using the web and web-centric services?

Think carefully here, as the answer might surprise you: What do you do most often on a computer?

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The father of Google Apps and Chrome OS has a new vision — and it revolves around Android

Rajen Sheth is used to being ridiculed. He’s also used to being vindicated.

Sheth has been the driving force behind some of Google’s most crazy-seeming product pivots — first the advent of Google Apps, which asked enterprises to leave the long-standing comfort of Office for services like Docs and Gmail, and then the launch of Chrome OS, which challenged the very idea of what a desktop operating system needed to be.

Both projects attempted to introduce a new kind of cloud-centric focus to a change-resistant environment — and both were met with skepticism, doubt, and even disdain at their start.

“When we first started pitching [Google Apps], I literally had CIOs kicking me out of the room after five minutes,” Sheth recalls.

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