Chrome OS was initially developed for pure use with the Chrome browser as a system permanently connected to the Internet.
The operating system and Chrome were and are optimized by Google down to the last detail for exactly this purpose. This duo runs stable, fast, simple, and secure!
Over the last few years, the applications that run in the browser have become more and more numerous. By that, I don’t mean regular websites, like news or blogs.
I recommend that whenever there is a web version of your app, you choose it over the other versions.
However, this is not a must! Do you prefer to use the Chrome Web Store and Chrome extensions like you do on your PC or Mac? No problem! The apps can be installed in Chrome on Chromebooks just as easily.
Notes for beginners: My posts usually contain some basics that you can understand how to proceed. I partly repeat the basics in other posts, so you don’t have to jump back and forth all the time.
Here is the meaning of the abbreviations after the headings: [E] Everyone [A] Advanced [B] Beginner [P] Professional
If you still miss something, feel free to comment. The community will try to help you! 🙂
Notes for professionals: My posts usually have the form of a knowledge base entry and should be equally suitable for beginners, advanced users, and professionals. Just pick out what you need immediately. You can also find content specifically targeted to professionals. These are marked accordingly with [P] and other finger points.
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Disclaimer of liability: As always on this blog, I warn you that all changes to your system mentioned in this post are at your own risk! It is theoretically possible that there are system or application errors that could lead to data loss and further problems!
Which device to buy?
Often, Chrome extensions are web apps with a few menu items in Chrome. So, I recommend the same devices as for using web apps. If you already know my recommendations for them, you can safely skip this section.
You could say, “yes, buy a cheap Chromebook and go for it! After all, the app runs on the web, so I don’t need a fast machine!”
However, it’s not that simple. Some web apps or Chrome apps also require a certain amount of performance from the client, that is, your system, which you use to browse the web via the browser, to perform functions. Sometimes particular processors or graphics cards from Intel, AMD, ARM, Nvidia are required for operation. But don’t worry, these are often highly professional tools. A 1Password, Gmail, and many more run fine on most Chrome OS devices.
Ask if the processor is from this or last year. Look for 4 or better 8 GB RAM main memory. Even the cheap Intel chips are getting faster every year as the competition never sleeps. Then you are pretty well-equipped. With that, game streaming via Stadia or Nvidia Geforce Now should also work well.
You should spend a bit more money on things like the beta version of Adobe Photoshop on the web. From $500 – 600 upwards.
I write e-books using Google Docs, sometimes several hundred pages, and I need a moderately fast system for that as well. Otherwise, I have to wait a bit longer after some actions, which adds up over time.
Chrome Apps on the blog
Here I’ve made a list of apps you might know from Windows or macOS: Link.
I’ve shown in this list whether there is a web, Android, or Linux version of these apps. As mentioned above, Web and Chrome apps are mostly very similar. It may contain your programs and apps already.
If not, you can use the search function in the top-right corner to search for your app on the blog. I may have already written an article about it.
Against all odds, if you don’t find anything, leave a comment. 🙂
From time to time, I will introduce more and more apps.
03/01/2022: Added screenshots. Grammar and text slightly optimized.
Words in italics may be registered trademarks or companies! Examples: Google, YouTube, and Android. Or they are technical terms from the IT world, which are described in various locations in the blog.