Oh Snap! Google Launching Chrome OS, Lookout Microsoft Windows

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By now you must have read about today’s biggest news – Google Chrome OS. The Official Google Blog just broke the news, Google Chrome is about to give birth to a full blown Operating System

By virtue of its name – Google Chrome OS  will be built on the Chrome architecture. It’s just like running Google Chrome on a computer, or to be more specific on netbook  minus Windows XP.

Google specifically describes the Chrome OS as:

Google Chrome running within a new windowing system on top of a Linux kernel.

It’s going to be a lightweight and open-source operating system. This would lighten Google’s load in developing it while at the same time making the OS popular even before its launch. Also, this would enable developers to get into the rush of building their applications that will run on the Chrome OS. These are in addition to Google’s web-based products and services which should normally be supported by the said OS.

Google Chrome OS will be available on several netbooks sometime in 2010. But its source code will be made available later this year.

Now the big question is – Why build a new OS for netbooks instead of developing the already available Google Android mobile platform? Google has this for an answer:

Google Chrome OS is a new project, separate from Android. Android was designed from the beginning to work across a variety of devices from phones to set-top boxes to netbooks. Google Chrome OS is being created for people who spend most of their time on the web, and is being designed to power computers ranging from small netbooks to full-size desktop systems. While there are areas where Google Chrome OS and Android overlap, we believe choice will drive innovation for the benefit of everyone, including Google.

So netbooks will just be the test bed. The real objective here is for Google Chrome OS  to run on both netbooks and desktop systems.

Next big question – Will it be a Windows XP  killer? Probably not.  Only Microsoft can kill Windows XP, and that would happen as soon a Windows 7 becomes successful. Google Chrome OS is a Windows 7 rival, the same way that Google Chrome is a rival of IE. Now that’s a better way of looking at it.

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  • djbaxter

    Take a deep breath and step away from that Google window. No one has to get hurt here…

    Let’s get serious. The announced Chrome OS is neither a “a full blown Operating System” nor a threat to Microsoft. It’s going to have limited application at best. Frankly, I see it more as evidence of Google’s growing arrogance and grandiosity than anything else.

    See Ian Paul’s article for PC World at http://www.pcworld.com/article/168039/Five_Questions_about_Google_Chrome_OS.html

  • Anu Patel

    Seems more of a threat to other open source OS’s than it is to Windows.
    It’s also a good distraction from their upcoming financial declines.

  • Krishna Santani

    Its groundbreaking idea from Google web OS and they are planning to wipe out Windows in a most strategic manner. Google clearly pointing to Microsoft when they say “The operating systems that browsers run were designed in an era where there was no web”. But there are few questions which are unanswered like what will happen when we will go offline in Chrome OS? Can we use offline applications like iTunes or Photoshop? Can we run third party applications? How they are going to make profit from it ? I am also bit concerned whether Chrome OS will be embraced by enterprises as it is open source and web based as there is always a security issue….Just wait another thought can Chrome OS will become a global hit especially in small countries where internet is very fickle. But leaving these things aside its going to be win-win situation for the users and it will be interesting to witness the war between giants.

  • Anu Patel

    “How they are going to make profit from it ?”

    Maybe they’ll put Adsense on it. It’ll be based on how you use your OS and they’ll take that info and use it to serve you good ads while you work.

  • Tryone

    Google is not concerned about monetization (at the moment), it’s all about the data. The amount of information Google captures from Chrome, Adwords, Google Desktop, Google Toolbar, etc is worth more than we can possibly imagine.

    Oh, and if you don’t think Google isn’t capturing that information then I have some land in on Mars that I’d like to sell.

  • Desi Girl

    Microsoft must look after themselves as google is becoming a leading company in the IT world..
    Launch of a new OS by Google is one of its important steps to outclass Microsoft!

  • Bl4ckC4t

    I use Windows and Linux. I see this as more of a threat to Windows than to the Open Source community. However, I wonder… How compatible will it be with Windows Applications that I use every day?

  • dinu

    google chrome os will definitely bring down MS market share in netbooks

  • Service Apartments in Bangalore

    Good one. Let see If they are dominating here or not.