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The Chromebook at 10: How these stripped-down computers went mainstream – CNET

In honor of the Chromebook’s 10th anniversary, see how this “browser in a box” went from uninspired in 2011 to required in 2021.

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No one expected a lot from the first Chromebooks, announced 10 years ago on May 11, 2011. After all, they came on the heels of the Netbook era, when low-cost, low-power laptops were first seen as a panacea for overpriced tech, but ended up overselling their limited functionality. And after spending a few years struggling to get Windows-running, Intel-Atom-powered Netbooks to do much of anything useful, I was not optimistic about a personal computer platform that seemed even more constrained out…

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