A few days ago I wrote an article about Windows 11 SE going after the lucrative education market. In that article, I raised my concerns that Microsoft may in the future open up Windows 11 SE to the consumer market. After looking into it a little further. The idea that Windows 11 SE will ever compete against Chrome OS in the consumer market is highly unlikely.
Don’t get me wrong. It isn’t good that Windows 11 SE is entering the education sector. After all, the education sector is a highly lucrative market for Chrome OS. All the advances of Chrome OS are linked to how successful it has done in education to some extent. I’m sure we’ll have to wait and see whether Microsoft can really take any ground in this sector.
For most of us though. What we really want to know is whether Windows 11 SE is going to take on Chrome OS for us the consumer. Well, I can definitely say Windows 11 SE has no chance of competing with Chrome OS when it comes to computing for the consumer.
They are ten years too late
The first issue for Microsoft is that they are ten years too late. No big surprise really because they’ve been late to the party on a lot of the big advances we’ve seen in technology in the last twenty years. This is why Microsoft, still a very rich and powerful company, is struggling to stay ahead of the game.
Now I’m not saying for one second that Microsoft wouldn’t attempt it. It’s not as if they haven’t made such bad judgements in the past. However, if they did attempt to release Windows 11 SE to the consumer market. It would be the biggest mistake they’ve ever done. Wait, perhaps not, the biggest mistake Microsoft made was being asleep whilst most people moved to mobile phones and tablets.
Essentially, Windows 11 SE is too late. What it offers is what Chrome OS offered over ten years ago. Sure, there may be a few differences in how the operating system works with their other well-known software such as Microsoft Office. Apart from that. They are bringing nothing new to the table.
Chrome OS has now developed
It’s no doubt that Chrome OS has developed into a fantastic operating system. It was great to start with, but it had limitations. All those limitations are something to expect for an operating system that took the initial leap into true cloud computing.
Although Chrome OS has always been an operating system I’ve loved using. It has taken huge steps forward since it was first released in 2011. Believe it or not, there was not even a Google Drive when the Chromebook first became available. That took another year before the Chromebook got a cloud storage system that was fully integrated with Chrome OS.
The next major step forward was the ability to use Android Apps on your Chromebook. This was a genius move by Google. Anyone who has ever owned an Android phone, which by the way is a lot of people. Would have instantly recognised what Android Apps offered. Knowing you can use these on a Chromebook is a huge advantage.
Linux Apps on Chrome OS
Linux Apps is something I tended to ignore when it was first available for Chrome OS. This was mainly to not knowing anything about Linux and the fact it was in beta mode. I still know very little about Linux, but am learning more over time. Also, Google has done a great job of making Linux user friendly on the Chromebook. Making it more accessible to anyone who finds Linux complicated to use.
Looking where we are today. Linux has huge advantages for Chrome OS. Firstly, it will be Linux, which will eventually allow us to play advanced PC games locally on your Chromebook. If you want to play PC games at the moment on your Chromebook you’d need to use Nvidia GeForce Now. It works great and I’d definitely recommend giving it a go. However, being able to play games locally will be massive for Chrome OS.
It isn’t just about games. Being able to install Linux programs locally on your Chromebook opens up such a wide range of software. The best thing is a lot of this software is free to use and is more what you’d find on a PC running MS Windows. It removes the idea of the Chromebook only being good for using the internet.
The separation of Chrome OS and the browser
The next big change we are about to see is the separation of Chrome OS and the Chrome browser. This will not only mean you’ll not be so reliant to use the Chrome browser when using a Chromebook. You’ll be able to use many different browsers thanks to Linux. Having the choice is what’s important here.
The biggest advantage of separating the browser from Chrome OS is the dreaded AUE policy. Something I’ve said for a while, I don’t think is a major issue. However, at the same time, I totally understand why the AUE date is an issue for many people.
Once the AUE date has been resolved and we can play games locally on a Chromebook. We’ll find ourselves using an operating system, which can offer the same as Microsoft Windows. The only difference will be is that Chrome OS is reliable, fast, secure, and easy to use.
Windows 11 SE is no game-changer
I’m sure Microsoft is hoping to take some market share in the education sector. I think this is the only sector where Windows 11 SE has any chance of being successful. The fact is, Windows 11 SE is far inferior in what it offers compared to Chrome OS.
Thanks to Google and everyone who has owned a Chromebook over the years. Chrome OS has developed into a fully-fledged operating system. They’ve worked so hard at ensuring Chrome OS still stays secure, fast, and easy to use. Whilst at the same time, making huge changes to the operating system.
Chrome OS is no longer an operating system just for using the internet. Sure, it’s a great computer for doing such a task. However, it offers a lot more than that, and we already know it will offer much more in the future.
The irony is. If you’d like a computer that offered what Chrome OS provided all those years ago. Then you might look at Windows 11 SE. If on the other hand, you want what Chrome OS offered, but with huge improvements and greater functionality. Then you’d obviously choose Chrome OS. It’s a no-brainer.