Despite of the widespread buzz surrounding Google Chrome operating system as well as low-cost personal computers running it, the platform has failed to capture any noticeable market share after two years on the market. In fact, Chrome OS is so unpopular that it is behind not only massively hated Windows RT platform, but even archaic Windows NT and Windows 2000.
In its first week of monitoring worldwide usage of Google's Chrome OS, reported that the percentage of web traffic from Chromebooks (personal computers based on Chrome) was roughly 2/100 of 1% (or 0.02%, or 2 systems out of every 10000 systems), a figure too small to earn a place on its market share estimates, reports ZDnet web-site.
Netbooks based on Google Chrome OS come with underperforming microprocessors, limited amount of local storage and without local applications. Google wants users of Chrome OS to use cloud-based applications and services and be always connected to the Internet, which is a departure even from the paradigm of Android, which can work offline. Thanks to such usage model, Chromebooks in their majority are very cheap.
Share of web traffic generated by various operating systems
Despite of low price and seemingly decent capabilities for basic operations, Chrome OS has not become a Windows killer. In fact, it was actually killed not only by Windows 8 with (0.12% share) or without (3.17% share) touchscreen interface, but even by Windows RT (0.02%), which disappointed virtually all hardware makers. As it appears, more people use last century’s Windows 2000 (0.05%) and Windows NT (0.07%) than Google Chrome OS (0.02%), based on figures from NetMarketShare.
As it appears, customers are strongly dissatisfied with a platform that requires always-on Internet connection, relies on web-based applications and comes without support for any advanced programs.
Google did not comment on the news-story.