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Google announces Chrome OS

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Google Chrome OSGoogle 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.

Google's operating system will augment its Web browser, which is also called Chrome.
Google's operating system will augment its Web browser, which is also called Chrome.

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.

Via:
[google blog]
[google chrome blog]
[wired.com]

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9 thoughts on “Google announces Chrome OS”

  1. Look like Bill Gates must make sure the price of the Microsoft software will be a lots cheaper in the future. With a new competitor, war price is a big benifit for consumer like us.

  2. Chrome OS would be very competitive on Microsoft operating systems. I was thinking that one day, Google would launch an Operating system that would complete with Windows XP or Vista. Google and Microsoft would compete head to head now that Microsft launched its Bing search engine.

  3. Chrome OS is just based on Linux and it is not really a “real” proprietary operating system from Google. i wonder if Google would also compete with MS Windows in the future.

  4. Keep in mind that Red Hat Linux is a free OS and back in 2000 it was written that Microsoft will be a product of the past because it can not compete with a Free Operating System. Well history has shown that free products will always need support an development. Please don’t be fooled on the notion that just because something is free, it will not come with any troubles, glitches, virus hacking, and software service pack to fix problems. The reason why Microsoft has been able to maintain it edge is because they have been able to support its products on the back end. Its nice to have free things, but remember that there is a cost of support that comes with all of these free OS and applications.

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