Seahawk Sailor wrote:So how would one use Microsoft Office, for example, on one, or is that not possible?
There is no version of Office released for ChromeOS. That being said, you can use Microsoft's online version of Office called Office 365, but apparently it has some limitations when accessing it from a Chromebook. Google Docs works really well, but that's not as feature-filled as Office; but it has most, if not all, of the stuff 90% of the world uses in Word/Excel, I'd say.
Go to http://drive.google.com
(sign up for it if you haven't, it's free for 15GB of storage and it's free online storage/backup as well as having Google Docs built into it) and check it out.