Take it from someone who knows– Windows is a pain in the patootie to use and more of a pain to manage. My day-to-day work involves Macs, Windows PCs, some Chromebooks, and a few Linux servers scattered all over the place.
Mac users tend to be self sufficient. Chromebooks are drop dead simple to setup and use but also don’t do much. I have some Linux servers which seem to be on cruise control with uptime exceeding a year (often).
Windows? Bah! Humbug. So many versions. Ao many updates that go wrong. I want to think that Windows is dying but people keep using it. Google says Windows is dying. Bill Nye the Science Guy says Windows is dying.
It must be true. I wish and hope and pray that one day Windows dies (sooner the better).
Unfortunately, as a certified Apple Watcher and a bona fide Appleholic, I am biased toward Apple. Google and Bill Nye are biased toward Chromebooks.
To be honest, as someone who is platform agnostic and works on all races of popular operating systems, Windows is the most cumbersome to deal with. The Mac is the easiest, because, as mentioned, Mac users tend to be more self sufficient.
Linux users take care of their own habitat, so that leaves what Google and Bill Nye want us to believe is a nirvana on earth, a heavenly place without Windows or Mac complexities. I get it. Chromebooks are notoriously easy to setup and rather simple to use. Life is easy when everything you need to do that’s worth doing can be done in a Chrome browser tab.
There is just one problem with the Chromebook fantasy. Chromebooks don’t do much. Seriously.
There is no Office-like suite that works as well on all platforms as Microsoft Office. Nothing comes as close to Photoshop and Lightroom on Mac or Windows. Many of the basic applications on a Chromebook are either browser-based on rinky dinky little apps that are better suited on Android smartphones than on a notebook.
If all you use are Google’s apps to get your work done, then a Chromebook is hard to beat. If you try to do anything else, you’ll want to beat your Chromebook to death.
Microsoft is pushing Office users– those who buy Office to use, rather than subscribe– to pay up for the monthly or annual subscription version. That’s a sign of the times, but it’s also a type of lock-in; Microsoft’s own walled garden. Online, but walled nevertheless.
Who says Windows is dying? Google and their paid shills, of course. Look, things change. I get it. My view of this kind of technology is obvious, too. Different strokes for different folks. Get the tool that does the job but the tool makers should shut up about who uses other tools and why.
A Chromebook won’t do what Adobe Create Cloud suite of apps can do on a MacBook Pro at 10x the price.