This is Google's official Chrome OS tutorial

Article copyright 2010 JR Raphael. All rights reserved.

Google's new Chrome OS notebook is an adventure in simplicity. And pure simplicity isn't always easy to accept.

Chrome OS Tutorial

As I've been testing Google's Cr-48 demo system, my biggest challenge has been getting used to the complete and utter simplicity of the Chrome OS world. In Chrome OS, you live within the browser -- entirely. That bare bones approach reflects the core principle of the operating system: You power up and get online, no laggy software and no unnecessary bulk standing between you and the Web.

It's an interesting concept for on-the-go computing, and one that I think I'll really come to appreciate. But it's also hard not to find it odd and even a bit disorienting at first; after all, you can't close the browser and get back to your desktop -- the browser is your desktop. It's definitely an adjustment.

When you first sign in to a Chrome OS notebook, Google gives you a graphical guide to prepare you for the strange new world you're about to enter. The interactive tutorial takes you through all the ins and outs of Chrome OS, ranging from its unique keyboard to its cloud-living philosophy.

Chrome OS Tutorial

I did a little digging and discovered that the Chrome OS tutorial is actually online and available to anyone. You may not have a Cr-48 notebook in your hands (have you applied for one?), but this guide will give you a pretty good idea of what the experience is like.

Check it out for yourself and see what you think.

And for more detailed thoughts on Chrome OS and the Cr-48 notebook, click over to "Google's Chrome OS notebook: My first impressions." It's an in-depth account of my first day exploring the Cr-48 -- the good, the bad, and the downright bizarre.

JR Raphael writes about smartphones and other tasty technology. You can find him on Facebook, on Twitter, or at eSarcasm, his geek-humor getaway.

Article copyright 2010 JR Raphael. All rights reserved.

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