Google’s browser-centric Chrome OS operating system finally broke through in 2013, with several low cost Chromebooks hitting the market, along with an all-in-one desktop. The search giant also updated its operating system to allow a new class of offline programs it calls “packaged apps” while making the OS look and feel more like traditional desktop Windows.
In 2014, we expect Chrome OS to continue evolving, with more offline apps and a better array of hardware. If Google can fix the lackluster offline experience and software publishers embrace the platform, it could compete very effectively with low-cost Windows PCs. At the same time, the Chrome OS UI will have to become more touch-friendly to keep up with a new generation of tablets and hybrids.