San Francisco, CA, United States (4E) – The preferred mobile computer of K-12 U.S. schools is the inexpensive Chromebook. According to stats presented by Futurescore Consulting, Chromebooks grabbed 20 percent of K-12 U.S. school purchases in 2013 compared to only 1 percent in 2012. Chromebooks run Google software but are sold by several manufacturers including Samsung, Acer, and Asus.
Microsoft Windows computers had 47.5 percent of the market in 2012 but saw its share drop to 28 percent in 2013. Apple held a total of 47 percent of the market — iPad had 43 percent while Mac computers grabbed 4 percent.
IDC analyst Rajani Singh also believes that Chromebook purchases have also increased for U.S. colleges and universities from 2012 to 2013. Businesses have also turned to purchasing Chromebooks.
“In 2013 Chromebooks had an impressive year in the education segment..Google needs to extend that success into other business segments where today they don’t seem to have much presence,” said NPD market research analyst Stephen Baker via Wall Street Journal.
Some of the advantages Chromebooks have over Windows and Mac computers are its fast boot and set-up times. It’s also cheaper and doesn’t rely on downloaded software, which lessens the risk for viruses and malware.