Google Chrome OS: It’s Official!
A major bomb was dropped on Microsoft when Google today announced that they are working on an operating system called, Google Chrome OS.
Rumours about a Google OS have been circulating the Internet for quite a while now, but were never confirmed or made officil before. Microsoft was going to announce something big today, but before they did, Google announced Chrome OS earlier today.
Google OS news has spread like wild fire all over the Internet. I remember the hype that was created in just two days, before launching Google Chrome, the open-source browser by Google. Based on that web-browser, Chrome, Gooogle is now working on an entire Operating System for people who live on the web!
The official blog post about Google OS says,
Google Chrome OS is an open source, lightweight operating system that will initially be targeted at netbooks. Later this year we will open-source its code, and netbooks running Google Chrome OS will be available for consumers in the second half of 2010…
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. The user interface is minimal to stay out of your way, and most of the user experience takes place on the web. And as we did for the Google Chrome browser, we are going back to the basics 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.
All this points to a direct threat to Microsoft, Apple and even Linux by Google for an OS war! Google has always been known for using cutting-edge web-technologies in their web apps, and that same will be seen in the OS whicvh will let you on the web in just seconds!
Google OS is mainly targeted towards netbook users and will most probably have Google Docs, Gmail and other online Google apps as their desktop offline versions. There are several questions that are yet to be answered by Gogole, i.e Will Google OS run Windows, Mac apps? What hardware will it support? Etc.
The best part about this Google project is that it will be completely FREE, and will not be like Android. This is a separate project, where like Chrome, Google is building everything from scratch!
Now this is something we will keep a lookout for, because an OS announcement by Google is just the beginning of a long chapter! Only time will tell if Google OS bashes or gets bashed by the other OS out there.