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Google needs to go full cloud with ChromeOS

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Google seem to have the breakout hit of the year so far on their hands with ChromeOS, its giving the “laptop” the lease of life Windows 8 just ins’t providing the hardware manufactures and while Pixel may be wowing at the top end of the spectrum but its the £200/£300 end of the market which is proving to be the huge hit.

Google however could end up with a small problem on their hands, because although ChromeOS is a Google product conduit the cloud runs deeper than that, and not everyone is a Google user, other cloud services such as Dropbox, Skydrive are out there and equally as popular.

While it could be suggested that it is possible to use these services from the chrome browser, its the file manager where they could be stung, especially with the EU coming down so hard on M$ recently over the lack of browser choice. The same could possibly be said about ChromeOS and the lack of cloud storage space.

That makes this story from omgchrome.com so interesting..

Source: http://www.omgchrome.com/dropbox-skydrive-in-chrome-os-files-app/

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Chrome OS users could soon get the ability to access, edit and sync files to cloud storage services other than Google Drive.

A new ticket on the Chromium Bug Tracker proposes the idea of letting 3rd-party services, like Dropbox and SkyDrive, integrate into the Chrome OS file manager, ‘Files’.

These services would appear as entries in the sidebar of Files, and list their contents when selected.

By default only Google Drive is supported natively.

Good Idea

The idea makes sense for an OS so strongly tied to the cloud. Many web-apps available form the Chrome Web Store even integrate into services like Dropbox for file fetching, saving and editing.

But whether or not this idea – as great as it sounds on paper – happens is yet to be decided. The feature request is just that: a request.

For the optimistic amongst you, find solace that the feature was requested by a Chromium team member and not a random member of the public.

We’ll certainly be keeping an eye on this…

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