Could a Chromebook Replace Your Now-Outdated Laptop?

This is a follow-up to my earlier off-topic article, How to Switch from Windows 7 to Chrome OS CloudReady. That article is available at http://bit.ly/30ssvLz. However, the newer article was written by Ben Schoon and published in the 9to5Google web site at: http://bit.ly/2Rhl05S.

“It’s official. This week, support ends for Windows 7 as Microsoft pushes users to upgrade to Windows 10. While a Windows 7 laptop isn’t just going to die, a lack of future updates leaves it open to attacks. So, is a Chromebook a viable replacement for your Windows 7 machine? Let’s discuss.

“Why should I stop using Windows 7?

“For quite some time now, Microsoft has made it clear that January 14th, 2020 would mark the end of support for updates for the operating system. For the foreseeable future, programs will still be supported and some will even keep getting updates on Windows 7, but the platform won’t be patched anymore.”

Later in the same article, Ben Schoon writes:

“If you’re on an older Windows 7 machine, a Chromebook might be a viable replacement for you. How so?”

You can read the full article at: http://bit.ly/2Rhl05S.

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I still have my desk top with windows 10 and once I hear they are being discontinued, I will buy another. I am quite happy with it and my 22″ screen.

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    Agree with JR– Have laptop too, but my “old” fingers have trouble with it. Like a separate keyboard-big screen, on a stand alone computer. Dislike cellphones way too hard for those same fingers. With a desk top, it is so easy to enlarge the type face.

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    Another thought, those folks that suffer eye issues or finger issues more than likely prefer the desk top. As I said earlier, I am keeping mine.

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NO, a Chromebook won’t replace what many users use their PC’s or laptops for if they have the need for even one program AND in reading the article a Chromebook has a ‘specific’ shelf life – who knew? As for carrying on with Windows 7 just ensure you have a good virus protection and as in all cases with all computers don’t go looking for trouble in all the wrong websites! My XP actually is still working whereas if it had been a Chromebook it would be dead by now!
Please stop the fear mongering, for those thinking in terms of upgrading take your time, figure out what will work best for you, know your pricing and then watch for the sales (like Black Friday etc.) then knowing what you want go for it and enjoy.

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    The 6-8 year shelf life of a Chromebook was news to me too. And I’m glad Ben’s family is still using a Chromebook from 2016, I should hope so too!! … I’m still using my XP laptop from 2013 (and no, it hasn’t slowed down, and yes, I still have updated antivirus … and as Barbara says, use common sense about which websites you access and following links etc)

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My desktop and laptop are both W 10. I use several genealogy programs such as Ancestry. I use Word Perfect. How will these work with Chrome?

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    —> How will these work with Chrome?

    Mixed answers. Ancetry.com will work perfectly on Chromebooks.

    The Android app that will run on Chromebooks with the app store, WordPerfect Viewer for Android by Corel Productivity is available in the app store but it is only a viewer as you can tell by its name. It will not create new documents nor edit existing ones. It can only VIEW WordPerfect documents.

    There are other very good and powerful word processors that will work well on Chromebooks but they are not identical to WordPerect. You may or may not like one of them.

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Chromebooks look great but we need to be able to load a will software program and apparently Quicken Willmaker can’t be used on a chromebook. Suggestions, anyone?

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I live in an area with poor to nonexistant broadband internet coverage so we use our phones as mobile hotspots. On summer weekends when everyone from the city heads up here to enjoy the lakes, our data slows to a crawl. With a traditional laptop I can still work offline on FamilyTree maker for example. I am not convinced that a Chromebook would be very useful in this situation.

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    —> I am not convinced that a Chromebook would be very useful in this situation.

    That will be determined by the speed of your cell phone hotspot. If you receive moderately fast connections through the hotspot, it should work well for you. However, if the connection is slow, you won’t be happy with the result.

    Of course, the same is true when using a Windows or Macintosh laptop or an iPad or an Android tablet with your cell phone’s hotspot. It makes no difference whether you are using a Chromebook or most anything else: the speed of the Internet connection is always the determining factor. Test first with your existing device(s) before spending any money for something new.

    I use a hotspot often with my Chromebook and with my iPad but I am blessed to live in an area with lots of cell towers around. When I travel out of my local area, the results are always “it all depends.”

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It seems doom and gloom predictions are given “Laptops” and PC’s (applied to both Mac and Windows PC’s) a bad rap.
But it seems true that laptop and smart pad designs are beginning to merge. My iPad with IOS 13 can accept both a keyboard and mouse, and Keynote runs my PPT presentations, making this an “almost” equivalent to my old MacBook Pro.
But the rumor that PC’s are dead are dying should be re-considered in light of a a report from canalys.com (repeated in techrepublic.com) which says (in part) “The global PC market recorded its first full year of growth in eight years in 2019. Inclusive of desktops, notebooks and workstations, 268.1 million units were shipped, up 2.7% on 2018.

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I have a windows 10 laptop and 2 older laptops with windows 7. I plan to take one older one to use as a storage for scans of photos, documents, etc.

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