Google Chromes its way to the WWW
Following the release of the Chrome browser in 2008, Google will launch a brand new open source operating system, called Chrome OS (of course), by the second half of the year 2010. This OS will mainly address netbooks, being a lightweight version of a custom desktop operating system, it will have a small storage footprint, relying entirely on web applications, and it will be fast and virus-free. Too good to be true? Not really, if we take a look at Google's underlying strategy on the OS market.
Supporters of the Chrome OS project are attracting fans by suggesting lower prices on license-free laptops, but that's only a 10% cut so the real advantage must be based on something more appealing. And such factors might be the higher processing speed due to the “low-powered Atom and ARM processors” that will back up Chrome OS, 3rd party compatibility for hardware, and specially-designed laptop portability. In few words, if you surf the Web, you (will) have Chrome OS on your laptop.
All the above details seem very plausible, but what do the opponents have to say? Prices will be lower for netbooks, not having to pay a license, but with only 10% tops as I said, and the web will be regarded as a platform for the new web-based applications, but only if we are connected to the Internet. But, then again, who isn't connected to the Internet? We can't actually function properly, do our work correctly, if we are not online, plugged in to the massive flux on information that's flowing on the Web. Some may agree to Jari Ala-Ruona, CEO of Movial, who said that “Google’s Chrome OS is an operating system designed for the Internet era”, but this type of technology might just be a little ahead of it's time. Perhaps in a couple of years, both web services and users across the globe will be prepared for it.
But the fact that Google is already working with major netbook manufactures (among which are: Acer, Asus, HP etc.) to bring products equipped with Chrome OS to market, means that in the near feature we will inevitably be using Chrome OS. Whether we'll stick to it or not depends only on our daily needs and, up to a point, on our habits. Either way, we can definitely notice Google's trend of monopolizing information domains, after crushing the search engine competition, now they are pounding on Microsoft's door, the current leader in the OS market.
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