London Borough ditches Windows XP in favor of Google Chromebooks

By Himanshu Arora · 13 replies
Apr 2, 2014
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  1. London Borough of Barking and Dagenham is all set to roll out Google Chromebooks in the wake of Microsoft's Windows XP support cut-off, according to a V3 report. The council, which was previously using 3,500 Windows XP desktops and 800...

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  2. wastedkill

    wastedkill TS Evangelist Posts: 1,423   +350

    Ouch microsoft just got owned... specially after microsoft was trying sooooooooooooooo hard to get xp users moved to 7 or 8 lol

    Atleast microsoft wont get a penny :)
  3. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,182   +469

    Except for the 600 Windows desktops.
  4. GhostRyder

    GhostRyder This guy again... Posts: 2,198   +593

    Are you kidding, that like a drop in the bucket? Plus they are buying 600 Desktops anyways which already ruins the point of switching.
  5. Which, if a sane person really thinks about it, there is none... point that is.
    The real cost of their so called savings will hit them some time down the road when suddenly they realise... "Oh crap, we bought glorified web browsers, with next to no local storage, and expected to get real work done, well, I guess the jokes on us, ha ha ha". At least that's one of the many scenarios that will probably happen.
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  6. wastedkill

    wastedkill TS Evangelist Posts: 1,423   +350

    Ye but most of them will be googles next-gen notebooks, microsoft wont exactly get the most of the cash now will they? well not unless they buy a few copies of office then microsoft will earn $50 for every $1 google earns from this deal.
  7. What a shame...
    Loosing ground to a half-baked OS (not knocking it)

    Microsoft apparently doesn't know the old saying "the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence" I suppose until they do this sort of thing will continue to happen to them...
  8. GhostRyder

    GhostRyder This guy again... Posts: 2,198   +593

    Chrome OS is free, plus Chrome books are cheap and very weak with most containing the Low Voltage Celeron Processor.

    Microsoft gets a pretty penny from their OS, so in short while Chrome OS is free, Microsoft will be getting more money.
  9. misor

    misor TS Evangelist Posts: 1,283   +242

    lol, if it had involved apple, a lawsuit is just around the corner because if it 'looks the same, operates the same' then it must have infringed on something copyrighted...

    the free windows 8x for 'small devices' and the lowering of hardware requirements for the OS must be microsoft's respond to the growing chromebook sales.

    I wonder how the council computed the projected energy savings. :)
  10. TheLastPanda

    TheLastPanda TS Member Posts: 78   +10

    Why is it a shame? Most of the things you pay for in Microsoft are never used by employees so it was really smart. Microsoft cant compete with the ease of use of a Chromebook at all. The OS self updates, sandboxes to prevent viruses, and can be re-imaged from the cloud to run like new without much hassle. As a company, not needing to worry about updating your network or backing up data manually must be a huge advantage. Most of them also use a small ssd which end users will notice makes them very speedy devices. They don't really compete in the same plane at all and I am really glad to see the low end pc market emerge in this way instead of tablet or net-book based platforms that struggle to run windows at all.
  11. ...Sounds like one of those "Local government I.T." decisions that end up not-so-well....
  12. The energy savings will help them meet carbon targets and this is the most important factor here. With several thousand Chromebooks, they're also creating their own network with storage and intranet software so it won't negatively impact what they do once it's been set up, and long term, they'll be more in control of how their intranet runs and is organised, with more system options, rather than being at the mercy of MS's interface whims. Really, it's a smart decision for an organisation like this. It wouldn't suit a lot of commercial orgs but I can see this becoming a trend for local government.
  13. Walter Ruggieri

    Walter Ruggieri TS Rookie

    I am not surprised that they made this move. Chromebooks feel like XP, but are not a copy. Also, going to Chromebooks will save them a fortune in software costs because most of what is available for Chromebooks is free. If a company or organization can do all they need to on a Chromebook, it makes complete sense to switch. Good for them and I suspect that there will be many more companies and organizations making the switch.
  14. Railman

    Railman TS Booster Posts: 708   +101

    The NHS ended their Enterprise Wide Agreement with MS back in 2010 and a slow migration to open source computing is starting to speed up. As the NHS is the largest organisation in the UK this could mean a significant loss of business to MS. With this deal many other Government agencies will be tempted to switch from MS.

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