Microsoft’s Chrome OS Migration Guide Shows the Company Is Aware of the Google Threat
It’s no secret that Chromebooks are quietly growing in popularity and while they have yet to become mainstream products that fully replace Windows devices, Microsoft is wasting no time to make it easier to move back to a windows product if you are using a Chromebook. Released this month is a new guide the company calls the “Chromebook migration guide”.
The guide helps identify the comparable applications used on Chrome OS to those on Windows, such as the Chrome browser and Edge browser and if you use Google docs how the Office suite lines up to those applications.
While I initially thought the guide might be somewhat of a joke, Microsoft has gone deep into the migration process to help those who are deeply entrenched in the Chrome OS environment. The guide covers everything from cloud migration to AD DS and Azure AD services deployment or remediation and should genuinely help those who have little experience in the Microsoft world move to Windows after using Chrome OS.
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Windows is still significantly ahead in terms of market share when it comes to desktop computing but Chrome OS has found a position at the low-end part of the spectrum as the devices can typically be purchased with starting prices under $200. Also, because of the low price, they have been finding a home in the educational sector too.
While I don’t personally see this guide being used frequently, as of now, it serves as a starting point for Microsoft to help win back customers who have moved to Google’s OS in the corporate/educational space. It’s hard to fault Microsoft for writing something up like this too, seeing as they would rather be on the offensive of pushing back competitors than being in a reactive state, this document may not be used often, but it shows the company is aware of the threat of Chrome OS.