Chrome OS vs. Windows Series – Desktop Fight; Who wins? • SonChromeOS | Chromebooks | Chromebox | Chromecast | Assistant

The title of this post-series is inspired by the dynamics of David and Goliath… The new kid on the block and the tyrant, where they reflect the generational change in the approach to “operating systems”… A necessary evolution, many will say. Since the days of MS-DOS and variants within the developer community that are open source*, there has been a proliferation of systems that interfaced well with hardware available to general consumers. I’m definitely talking about the era that defined the operating system category of the computer industry.

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Enter Windows, it’s not a history lesson but I consider Windows to be the perfect example of a platform refusing to really evolve beyond the culture established around one of its main cows milk, Windows.

Generally speaking, open source has won without even trying, as many companies around the world can attest to due to their massive profitability based on the nature of the open source community.

Many like Google gave back in the form of Chromium OS and received a lot of praise as a result… and in this case brought us Chrome OS. The very nature of Chrome OS dictates simplicity… This feature set triumphs or any particularly sophisticated software under the hood, The general user landscape of Chrome device owners is defined by the majority. Really, the Chrome Desktop doesn’t look any more intimidating than that of its more established counterpart, Windows.

A case of familiarity

The very idea of ​​getting used to a system involves your ability to continually familiarize yourself with it so that you can form good associations that will keep you coming back.

The main association of the word Chrome is Google’s browser and operating system; Chrome and Chrome OS respectively.

Microsoft Windows, on the other hand, has the advantage of being early in the game with over three decades of established presence in the market. Generally, the word windows is associated with the Microsoft Windows operating system.

To advance …

Mind you, I won’t overlook my biases, I’ll rather display them nonchalantly. Make your case in the comment if you have any.

The desktop interface on newer versions of Windows and Chrome OS systems respectively has retained terminologies unique to their individual systems. We’ll do a side-by-side comparison that contextualizes this difference.

Taskbar versus shelf

Although the Windows Taskbar has evolved over the years, I don’t see it as maturing. One thing people tend to forget is that a drastic change is acceptable for yourself, not for an entire user base who may be reluctant to try new ways of using a system unless it’s be designed intuitively.


I am referring to the facelift of Windows 11 similar to Windows 8 in the UI overhaul which ended up negatively impacting the user experience in an unintended way. Typically, you want to slowly pull in your user base without shocking them with a whole new way to use a system.

It’s also why Google’s update cycle is superior and probably what inspired Microsoft to decide to make Windows 10 the supposed last version until it wasn’t.

Of course, this is no longer the case as the practice of updating has become entrenched in the consciousness of Windows users. Whether Microsoft likes it or not, its user base is expecting Windows 12, 13 and so on with a new UI paint job, lmao.

This may be a case of you becoming a victim of your own success, but in an almost non-ironic way. Consider for a moment that Chrome OS also releases builds, but nobody really cares about that in the general user community… The developer community certainly does, but people are used to Chrome OS being updated if frequently (compared to the competition anyway) that they trust Google to just keep pushing them without interrupting their work.

For what it’s worth, this dilemma isn’t necessarily unique to Windows, and we’ll cover how it relates to other systems in future comparisons.

Maturity on incomplete evolution

My idea of ​​a good system is one that matures with increasing sophistication without compromising any aspect of its core. In terms of the graphical user interface of Chrome OS and competing systems, it’s easy to see that the practice of continuous evolution is close to the philosophy of the Linux ecosystem on which Chrome OS is based.

This is an aspect of design called user experience. Typically, a good UI will mature instead of being scrapped and rebuilt from scratch.

The Windows taskbar has a main occupant called the Start menu whose alternative in Chrome OS is the launcher. Both buttons reside comfortably in their respective lower left corner by default, and you’re allowed to customize the experience of the shelf in Chrome OS and the taskbar in Windows.

The shades no one talks about…

Google’s Material UI philosophy is based on real-world materials. I see Material Design as a language that speaks for itself and has evolved over the years, with the latest iteration being Material U whose showcase featured prominently in the Pixel 6 series. 3, I received the Android 12 update in time to jump on the hype train.

Either way, the current state of the Chrome OS user experience still trumps that of Windows and not by the bells and whistles by the insistence on making life easier for users.

A good product speaks for itself through word of mouth.

Leave Windows in the dust…

Perhaps the nature of Windows and Chrome OS is akin to the paradigm shift that resulted in our collective approach to software. From an exclusively business-focused effort to a community-based system that exemplifies how a win-win relationship is ultimately good for everyone involved.

With Android 12L in the pipeline, chances are Windows still has some catching up to do. No one blames Microsoft for doing its best to transform the user experience, but you can’t really put lipstick on a pig and call her Judy, because deep down she’s still a pig. I’m not sure where that saying comes from, but making Windows open source isn’t an option, so we’ll just have to watch from the sidelines as Chrome OS continues to put Microsoft’s efforts to shame. Of course, we are talking about two inherently proprietary systems. I am aware that Chrome OS is not inherently open source, but it is based on one.

This alone will continue to shape the direction of both systems and if history is to have a say in all of this, the relentless underdog has a way to even things out eventually.

As it seems, there is hardly any real attempt by anyone other than Google to secure the future of IoT and global interoperability with our currently established device ecosystem.


Let’s revel in the potential of Chrome OS as it continues to defy expectations or continue to watch the dogfight between the two systems… Notice I didn’t mention macOS… okay. We will come back to this in the future. For now, share your impressions with us in the comments?

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