Google Chrome, The Operating System

Jul 8, 2009 • 8:20 am | comments (1) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Other Google Topics

google chrome iconRumors of Google building an operating system has been nothing new, but confirmation that they are building an operating system is something new. Google confirmed that a Google OS named Google Chrome OS, is coming in the second half of 2010.

The OS will be first a light weight OS designed for Netbooks, not it is not Android. You can read about it at the Google Blog and all the billions of news items at Techmeme.

One thing I will highlight from the blog post:

Speed, simplicity and security are the key aspects of Google Chrome OS. We're designing the OS to be fast and lightweight, to start up and get you onto the web in a few seconds. ... and completely redesigning the underlying security architecture of the OS so that users don't have to deal with viruses, malware and security updates. It should just work.

As you can imagine, this has people talking about things like Google going after Microsoft directly, Google owning not only our web lives but our desktop lives as well and Google getting into a business they should stay out of. Yes, there are tons of opinions on this news and the best place to discuss them and share your own opinions is in the forums.

Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld and DigitalPoint Forums.

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07/14/2009 12:08 am

I don't think Microsoft has to worry about Chrome OS, just like Google doesn't have to worry about Bing!. Ubuntu has to worry about Chrome OS and Yahoo! has to worry about Bing! When XBox came out, MS just wanted to be #2. It knew it was up against the PlayStation and set its sights on Nintendo which was fighting on two fronts - against Sony and Sega. Similarly, the Zune is there just to make sure that MS has something in that arena. MS isn't trying to take down Apple because it knows that's a losing fight. It's not about the fight to be #1; it's about the fight to be #2. It's smaller players that are threatened when the giants venture into new waters. When MS made the Zune, it didn't threaten Apple - it threatened Creative. Besides, MS has experience competing with Google. Last time I checked, Microsoft Office was still the industry standard. Love to hear your views at Take care.

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