Google challenges Windows 7 with Chrome OS

The fight between Google and Microsoft is heating up after Google announces its intention to enter the OS market via Google Chrome OS. Yes, Chrome which started as a browser is now also an OS.

Google Chrome OS is an open source, lightweight operating system that will initially be targeted at netbooks. Later this year Google will open-source its code, and netbooks running Google Chrome OS will be available for consumers in the second half of 2010. Google is already talking to partners about the project, and they’ll soon be working with the open source community, Google wants to share their vision now so everyone understands what the company is trying to achieve.

Speed, simplicity and security are the key aspects of Google Chrome OS. Google is designing the OS to be fast and lightweight, to start up and get users 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 what Google did for the Google Chrome browser, Google is 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.

Google Chrome OS will run on both x86 as well as ARM chips and the company is working with multiple OEMs to bring a number of netbooks to market next year. The software architecture is simple — Google Chrome running within a new windowing system on top of a Linux kernel. For application developers, the web is the platform. All web-based applications will automatically work and new applications can be written using your favorite web technologies. And of course, these apps will run not only on Google Chrome OS, but on any standards-based browser on Windows, Mac and Linux thereby giving developers the largest user base of any platform.

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, Google believe choice will drive innovation for the benefit of everyone, including Google.

So who will win this battle? The one who will give its partners the biggest opportunity to increase their sales will win. While Google and Microsoft is battling it out for web dominance, it will actually be their partners, the hardware manufacturers who will determine the victor here.

Partners will be the one selling the hardware. So these partners will side with the OS that will make their hardware work better and sell better. The company who can capture the hardware makers will emerge as the victor in this web domination battle.

I love it when we have this kind of competition. Why? Because at the end of the day, it will be us users who will benefit from this. So keep it coming boys.


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