I’m 5 days in and I already have 5 “must have” Chromebook apps. Keep in mind that apps in the Chromebook are basically shortcuts to websites but it is ingenious how they are wrapped into the system. As former Mac and Windows users we are used to having programs or apps. Google knew this and took it into consideration when they built this brilliant operating system. I’m starting to sound like a fanboy. Let’s get to the list!
Twitter is such a valuable resource for me and the Tweetdeck app is perfect for what I use it for. I’m a chatter and Tweetdeck allows me to chat in real-time with no refreshing.
I had a hard time finding a use for Evernote. I love to write stuff down on real paper with real pens but this year I decided to go a little greener. I started trying Evernote out and it is so cool how it syncs across all devices. I took notes at the bookstore on my iPad and used them to write a blog post on the Chromebook later.
I manage a network of over 1000 users all on Microsoft’s Active Directory. Unless they release a Chrome app for managing Active Directory this is my only option on the Chromebook. Something that is neat is that I can access the servers anywhere, anytime. Huge value.
4) Google Drive
This one comes installed by default but deserves a mention because of the how valuable it is. If you want the Chromebook to be more than just a “netbook” you need to embrace Google Drive. Before I made the jump I transferred all of my important documents to Google Drive. I haven’t had an issue with document management since.
I don’t wall to be all work and no play. Streaming Pandora while I write this post is seamless. That is a beauty of a low overhead machine. It just works.
This is just a start. You don’t need a Chromebook to enjoy these apps. Check out the Chrome Web Store while I collect my commission from Big G.