03 January, 2014

Debunking 'Scroogled' 2.0: From Chrome to Chrome OS

Shortly after my post back in November 2013 that rightfully calls Microsoft's evil Scroogled campaign plank-eyed hypocrisy, Microsoft was at it again with another attack ad campaign. This time, targeting Chromebooks... and oh yeah, it was spreading the same outdated FUD that prompted this post in April 2013, exactly 5 days after I turned 20. Since then, the packed apps category has indeed been replaced with a collection... oh, but it does indeed work just as well in Chrome OS as it does in desktop Chrome for Windows, Mac, and Linux, doesn't it? You bet:

Yup, it sure does, and it's loaded with tools that are far more powerful than what we saw last spring, not to mention growing by the minute. Of course, there's simple tools like the "Wake Up!" app I developed that ONLY have use cases on Chromebooks (oh, yeah, in case you try to attack Chrome OS power management, that too has already been debunked at my hands...), but that's not all: What about WeVideo Next?

That's right, a full video editor, with all the power of the iOS version of iMovie that I've got on my iPhone 4S (and you said real work can't be done on an iPad, let alone an iPhone -- please) which runs offline, outside the browser, in a native-like manner on a Chromebook. This alone is enough to debunk the claims of Chromebooks being a "brick" when run offline... ah, and it also debunks the claim that tools for photo and video editing analogous to Photoshop and Final Cut don't exist on Chromebooks either. They do, not just for videos but photos as well (albeit online-only in the case of full-featured Photoshop-like editors, but that's bound to change). Enter Pixlr:

And if basic Paint-like (HA! While Microsoft's office products are pretty ubiquitous, Microsoft fails terribly in the creative department) photo editors are also factored in the equation, yes, Autodesk does also have one of them, and unlike the full version of Pixlr it runs offline and outside the browser. Pixlr Touch-Up, much?

Oh, yes, and if basic HTML5 cache mode is factored into the equation as well, there's productivity tools that also work offline... albeit not outside the browser. In the form of none other than, you guessed it, Google Drive, although it seems to be broken on this Canary build of Chrome OS I'm running... oh, well. Still, however, what about Angry Birds? Yup, that's also capable of running offline.

These claims of Chrome OS being a "brick" when not connected to the Internet are ones I have certainly come to expect from the evil that is Microsoft, given that was Microsoft's first reaction when Chrome OS was first unveiled (and its source code was first made open) way back in November 2009...but as always, times have changed. The fact that they're STILL sticking to these claims even after all the change Chrome OS went through for the good of offline users is enough to make me write this, just to give everyone Microsoft is trying to deceive some updated info here that alone is enough to debunk the bogus, hypocritical campaign that is Scroogled in all its demonic, hellish glory.