Chromebooks have never really been sold in the retail shops as Google had no New Zealand support apart from the Education Area. This has just changed and all major retail stores are about to stock them. Chromebooks are manufactured by Samsung, Toshiba, Acer, HP, Lenovo and Dell. These Laptops are designed for the Internet user who wants complete security without using additional protection. Features are being added every six weeks with more emphasis on off-line applications. They are cheap as the Linux Operating system is very efficient by not requiring layers of virus protection. These devices are more like a Tablet with a keyboard than a traditional Laptop. They have been popular in the USA business and education sector taking 40 percent of Commercial Laptop sales last month. A Chromebox is the equivalent Desktop version.
Windows 9 is expected to be released early in 2015. The new Microsoft CEO will make changes to the Windows interface as he voted against the original Windows 8 Tile plan. The new interface is probably going to look similar to the shown photo. There are rumors that more parts of it will be subscription based. Microsoft is going through a new phase of concentrating on mobile devices and streamlining the company. The feature phones made by Nokia Mobile (now Microsoft) will be discontinued removing the need of 12000 workers. Also the popular Nokia Music store will be moved to the XBox Music. This will no doubt cause some customers moving to other Music vendors. Office 365 will be Microsofts main push as it can be used on all Operating Systems that have any type of Internet Browser.