Chromebooks vs. Windows laptops

A Chromebook is for surfing the web and using web apps.

A Windows laptop is for surfing the web and using web apps. And getting things done with Microsoft Office, connecting to workplace networks, using rich tools to edit your photos and videos online and offline, calling your friend with Skype, saving your resume to either OneDrive or your desktop, downloading games from the Windows Store, using both the Start screen and the familiar Windows desktop, organizing your files on your laptop for easy access even when you're offline, working both online and offline, using iTunes and Photoshop, and countless other things you get only with a full-powered PC.

Chromebooks vs. Windows laptops

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Surfing the web

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Web apps

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Microsoft Office and other Windows programs

On a Chromebook, you can't install Excel, Word, PowerPoint, or any other part of the Microsoft Office suite.

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Skype, iTunes, Photoshop, Quicken, and other essential programs

There are millions of programs that run on Windows. A Chromebook can't run any of them.

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Desktop

A Chromebook "desktop" is only a background image. You can't put anything on it.

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Use almost any printer

A Chromebook only works with Google Cloud Print-ready printers. Don’t have one? The only other way is to route your printing job through a real PC or a Mac.

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PC games

You can’t install Call of Duty, Age of Empires, or any of your other favorite PC games on a Chromebook.

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Watch popular movies and TV shows offline

Download a Hollywood movie or your favorite TV show and easily watch it offline? Not on a Chromebook.

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Connect to most peripheral devices

Chromebooks can't connect directly to scanners or many other peripheral devices you might already have.

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Choose where your documents go

On a Chromebook, most of your documents, pictures, videos and other files must be uploaded into the cloud. With a Windows PC, you choose where you want to put which files.

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