Chromebooks are more popular in schools than among general public. Google pays special attention to the needs of this niche market. School friendly Chromebooks and the Chromebook Management Console are widely popular. Now, Chromebooks are slowly eating into the market share of Apple.
According to reports from Futuresource Consulting, in the US, Chrome OS managed to grow to 58% market share in 2016 up from 50% a year earlier, while iOS dropped to 14%, down from 19% in 2015, and macOS dropped to 5% share, down from 6%.
Chromebook users and administrators continually refer to the simplicity and ease of use of the platform. With rumours swirling in the technology press (not confirmed by Microsoft) about a potential new OS offering ‘Cloud OS’, a stripped back, simplified OS, designed specifically for cloud with education in mind, would “square the dots” on other recent moves Microsoft has made in education (in particular launching $189 devices),” comments Mike Fisher, Associate Director of Education at Futuresource Consulting.
Google’s education bet sure is working. Macbooks and iPads were the most popular hardware in schools and colleges. Google’s advantage here was the combination of hardware and software suites. The ease of management through the Chromebook Management Console is a big attraction for IT administrators at schools and colleges.
Are you a student or a teacher using Chromebooks? Thoughts? Comments?