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What you can and cannot actually do on a Chromebook

With Chromebooks catching the right price points and garnering some positive reviews, I thought it time to make a list of actual things real people can do on the current Chromebook lineup. The actual device, that is, not the theoretical Life in the Cloud.
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Why Microsoft isnt putting out a comparable Windows cloud OS that could run on similar hardware for enterprise and consumers is beyond me. Having a cheap secondary Windows Cloud computer would be an amazing product. I'd imagine they'd put chromebooks out of business. But Microsoft seems hell bent on making traditional expensive Windows PC's but they're going to lose big on the cloud front!
+Matt Molloy Microsoft has gotten to every new market segment late. I don't think this (not offering a cloud pc) is surprising considering there history. And I really don't think Microsoft can beat a chromebook. The price point isn't really were Microsoft wants to be. But I would be curious to see them try! 
+Kevin Purdy Just read the article, VERY good. Question: Whats the  work around for the wireless printer problem?
awesome article. I work in education, and we have been discussing Chromebooks a LOT in our forums.   Forwarded this on to them to look over.   Great job.
+craig niswonger I keep hearing about Chromebooks in education and I was wondering how that process goes. What other computers are you considering? I'd think the price point would be really attractive.  
+craig niswonger do you ever wonder what will happen to your IT department if Chromebooks and tablets replace all your PC's?
+Matt Molloy  would be happy if they would replace the danged Ipads. Next time I have to buy a laptop cart though, this is probably how I'm heading.
+Ben Boggs We have quite a few schools using them in Arkansas.  I haven't moved in with them yet, but hope to. There's a dashboard/management tool you get to lock down any features you need to.  FANTASTIC battery life, and for classes that just need to surf the internet for into, or type up documents they work great.
+Ben Boggs Google Cloud Print is how I print via my Chromebook. Don't know of a workaround for standalone, although you could TeamViewer into a PC or Mac, transfer your file & print thru them...
Pretty good article, especially for those completely unfamiliar.
However the con of not using wireless printers is a sweeping generalization which may or may not be accurate in a given instance.  The article isn't well served by it considering how important printing can be to some people.
Google Cloud Print is built into a lot of new printers.  And if you are using your Chromebook as a secondary device it is trivial to share printers through the primary machine using Cloud Print.  At least that is true of Windows machines.  I'd imagine Mac is just as straight forward.  Not sure about Linux.
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