Chromebooks come with free apps like Google Docs, Sheets and Slides, which let you create documents, spreadsheets and presentations in real time with other people, and don’t have to worry about losing any of your work since your files are automatically backed up online. You can also open and edit Microsoft Word, Powerpoint or Excel files.
You can listen to music using Google Play Music or apps like Spotify and Sound Cloud, much like you would on any other computer, simply by adding the app from the Chrome Web store or visiting their websites. You can find more information about switching to Google Music here.
You can stream movies online using apps like YouTube, Netflix, and sites like Plex, just like you would on another computer. Just add the app to your Chromebook from the Chrome Web Store or visit their respective websites.
If you chat with friends and family on Skype
Skype is not currently supported on Chromebooks, but Google Hangouts works on your Chromebook straight out of the box and can be used across devices making it easy to make phone calls, instant message and video chat.
Make phone calls (Free if you call within the US or Canada)
You can also use your Chromebook to send instant messages to friends on Skype, Yahoo, AIM, and more. Examples include imo, IM+, and eBuddy. You can add these apps for free from the Chrome Web Store.
If you store photos on a computer using iPhoto
With 100 GB of free Google Drive storage for 2 years, you can privately upload any photos that you have on your old computer to the cloud and access them from any device, including your Chromebook. All Chromebooks also come with at least 16 GB of internal storage, so you can store any must-have photos right on your device.
A home for all your photos
With Google Photos, you’ll get free, unlimited, high quality storage for your photos and videos. And with all your photos backed up, you can easily find the moments that matter organised in places and things. Or find what you’re looking for with a simple search.
A simple operating system made for the web
Chromebooks are a new type of computer designed to help you get things done faster and easier. They run Chrome OS, an operating system (like Windows or Mac OS) that has cloud storage, the best of Google built in, and multiple layers of security.