Google’s Chrome OS to Compete with Windows 7
Lest we forget, when it comes to technology, innovation is always welcome. It’s not about culture (although Mac has successfully kept itself from dying off in part through marketing some sort of nerdy computer culture), it’s not about brand name, and it’s not even about price all the time (as Microsoft’s new ads are trying to spin things). The discussion around Google’s new Chrome OS (Operating System) will revolve around features, compatibility, aesthetics towards usability, and the like. If Google is truly able to trace a new line in the sand for operating systems, price, culture, and brand will be little considered. I don’t have my hopes up on this one, putting my money on Windows 7…but I’m hoping I’m wrong.
The new Chrome OS will compete against Microsoft Windows in netbooks, laptop computers and desktops. Google is developing the Linux-based operating system for heavy Internet users, and it will begin appearing in netbooks in the second half of 2010, the company said in a blog posting.
Chrome’s user interface will be demonstrated by the end of this year, said Caroline Hsu, a spokeswoman for Google in Taipei.
The Chrome OS and Android are distinctly different operating systems, she added. Android was designed for small mobile devices as well as TV set-top boxes and netbooks, while the Chrome OS will work in larger devices, from netbooks to desktops.
The Google initiative poses a significant threat to Microsoft’s software dominance in the global PC industry, but the Windows maker will be very difficult to beat, analysts say.