Computers have become part of our daily lives. In fact, most of our day is spent using these machines, be it for work or play. Smartphones are essentially mobile computers, and many people can survive with just a smartphone. They don't need a personal desktop or a laptop, just a phone in their pocket. But for many people, like me, a proper computer is still a necessity, be it a desktop or a laptop. When it comes to this form factor, we have several operating systems to choose from.
We have Windows, which is of course the most commonly used operating system with regards to desktop computers and laptops. We have macOS, Apple's competing product which has its own share of loyal users. Then we have Chrome OS, the newcomer to the party who has slowly but steadily been gaining users over the past few years. We also have Linux which I'm not familiar with, but I believe it has a small but loyal fan base.
Many people probably use more than one OS. I used to have a Chromebook which I took to work, alongside a Windows desktop at home for things that the Chromebook couldn't do. But if you could only use one, which OS would you chose and why?
For me, as much as I love Chrome OS and Chromebooks, I'd still need to choose Windows. Chrome OS has its advantages, but using a Windows device doesn't prevent me from using Google services. Using Chrome OS on the other hand, does prevent me from using Windows programs. As an academic, SPSS is a vital tool for my research, as is Microsoft Office. I'd rather use Google's suite of productivity apps (Docs and Sheets specifically), but when everyone else uses Microsoft Word, going against the flow would only inconvenience me. Excel is still a very powerful tool for data analysis, while Google Sheets is still missing some important features. Lastly as a casual gamer, Steam is a necessity for me, while Chrome OS just wasn't designed for proper gaming (which is probably why Stadia now exists).
There's a lot of work going into Chrome OS to make Windows programs compatible, and perhaps in the future when Windows programs can work seamlessly on Chrome OS I'd consider getting another Chromebook, but for now if I absolutely had to choose one, I'd use Windows.