Google recently announces its new project, the personal computing operating system Google Chrome OS. With its own version of a computer operating system, Google seeks to change the way personal computers work. Chrome OS will be available to consumers in the second half of 2010. The launch of Chrome OS means another clash between the Internet search giant and Microsoft. According to analysts, Chrome OS could become a viable challenger to the Windows operating systems on which Microsoft’s global empire was built. Chrome OS is an open source project and it will be available to consumers FOR FREE. This may cause Microsoft to bleed to death, but one is for sure — it will surely fire a shot at the heart of rival Microsoft and move their escalating battle further onto Internet turf.
What is Chrome OS
Google Chrome OS is an open source, lightweight operating system that will initially be targeted at netbooks. It will be available to use at no cost. Google said Chrome OS will revolutionize how computers operate, putting more emphasis on Web functionality, making computers faster and opening them up to helpful tinkering by outside program developers. Essentially, the OS is a small, fast-booting platform whose purpose is to run a browser, and from there all the Google apps and other web services you know and love.
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. (Googleblog)
Currently, Google is working with a number of technology companies to develop and enhance end user experience. Among others, companies to support Google Chrome OS includes Acer, Adobe, ASUS, Freescale, Hewlett-Packard, Lenovo, Qualcomm, Texas Instruments, and Toshiba.
Later this year, Google will open-source its code. That means software developers will be able to mess with the code behind the system, allowing them to develop new applications for it. Netbooks running Google Chrome OS will be available for consumers in the second half of 2010.