When I first tested the original Cr-48 Chromebook at Google's office in 2011, I wondered why anyone would want a laptop that ran only a Web browser.
As compelling as this may be to users who live and breathe the Internet, I was not sold.
A laptop must do more than just browse the Web, I thought. It also needed to run desktop applications and be able to play PC games.
Two years later, after installing more than two dozen Chrome Web Apps on my Chrome browser at work and at home, I am finally getting what Google is trying to do.
The Chromebook is pitched at Chrome users who hardly venture beyond their browsers. Running the Linux-based Chrome operating system (OS), it is the epitome of Google's vision of the future.
In this future, everything you now do on a computer can be done through the Web, because of ultra-fast data connections and cloud computing that harness the power of thousands of computers in a server farm.
Yes, there are browser apps available now for editing photos and documents, but they are either too rudimentary or unable to keep up with sophisticated workloads.