Last week Google put a reference design notebook called the Cr-48 into the hands of many press, and excited consumers. This new notebook runs Google’s Chrome OS operating system and, according to Google, represents a new type of computing experience, mainly one that takes place solely within the browser.
In my column last Friday I started a debate about the fate of netbooks as I predicted the death of the netbook category. I appreciate all who commented on that column for contributing to the discussion. I ended the column pointing out that if the definition of the netbook is no longer valid, then what are we to call the Chrome OS notebook?