Google has provided more details on it’s Chrome OS. Watch their YouTube video to learn more:
Here are Mashable’s differences between Chrome OS and other OS:
- The browser IS the OS
- It’s designed to fix itself
- All apps are web apps, no installations
- Chrome OS doesn’t support drivers and will not run on your laptop
- Super-fast startup speeds (we’re talking seconds here)
I think this is a very positive development. As the video states we are now spending increasingly more time on the internet which raises the question: what’s the point of all that other OS stuff if all you really need is a web browser?
I really like the idea of no more updates interrupting you or the need to install programs because all the applications are web-based. This just seems a simplier model that I think a lot of people will welcome (especially of the price is right). It will not be an over night change but I do feel it is in the right direction.
Where does this leave Windows?
I don’t think things are going to change to much. Microsoft may lose some market share but hopefully the result will be a greater awareness by consumers that there are real alternatives out there to Windows and only a big name like Google can achieve that.
- Mashable: Google Reveals Details of Chrome OS
- Guardian: Google aims to take over the netbook market with its Chrome operating system
- Google Chrome YouTube Channel
- BBC Tech News: Google previews Chrome open source operating system