Re: migration from XP to ChromeOS in England, over 4000 computers in this case
Ha. A lot of things in the vast majority are "niche" in that sense - but to be honest, the fact that Windows has the support it does from developers and services means it really is a more useful OS for a lot of applications.
Now, whether basic office work and home use are in that set of applications is definitely in question, and I certainly like the idea of mass migrations to Chrome OS. It doesn't even matter that it's Linux - it's stable and securely structured and it doesn't do anything users don't need to run the web browser, which is the only application they're using, anyway. Smooth integration of web applications is important for a modern OS, when things like Facebook or Gmail really are apps in every meaningful sense of the word (and tend to have purpose-built mobile clients,) and there's nothing sadder than those old XP machines kicking around with their horribly outmoded interfaces and just paradigms in general.
I know I shouldn't use tildes for decoration, but they always make me feel at home~