Google has certainly dominated the tech news as of late. Chrome has been steadily gaining market share, and has received widespread acclaim regarding its levels of speed and performance. G-mail and various other Google applications have finally come out of beta, a precursor to the potential adoption by businesses and users who may have shied away from an application still in beta.
However, Google dropped the proverbial bombshell earlier in the week when they announced the development of their new operating system, Google Chrome OS. Chrome OS is being touted as a lightweight, open-source OS that has the potential to dominate the netbook market, and possibly even competing with Microsoft’s reboot of Vista, that being Windows 7.
Questions linger over just how this new OS will function. Will Chrome OS kill the operating system as we know it, by stimulating a transition to a predominantly browser-based computing scheme? Will this new OS really be capable of performing up to the same standards of sufficiency as its bulkier Windows counterpart?
The success of Google Chrome as a browser, namely its simplicity of use, its speed of performance and elegant interface with the various Google Apps, leads me to anticipate the Chrome OS could be a sweeping success. Perhaps Google only needs to be wary not to follow in the footsteps of Microsoft’s monopolistic systems approach, by avoiding costly antitrust litigation. I strongly believe that Google’s public image (comparative to Microsoft) should help them allay any such allegations.
Although I have pre-ordered Windows 7, and am eagerly awaiting the upgrade, I am intrigued and extremely excited about Google’s Chrome OS as the potential next step in computing. The bottom line is that Google’s innovation and their willingness to push the boundaries remains beneficial to everyone.