The official Google blog has announced earlier today that Google is coming up with a new operating system called “Google Chrome OS“.
Sundar Pichai, VP Product Management and Linus Upson, Engineering Director writes:
Google Chrome OS is an open source, lightweight operating system that will initially be targeted at netbooks. Later this year we will open-source its code, and netbooks running Google Chrome OS will be available for consumers in the second half of 2010. Because we’re already talking to partners about the project, and we’ll soon be working with the open source community, we wanted to share our vision now so everyone understands what we are trying to achieve.
So it looks like all the previous speculation is indeed true! Lets look at whats the deal here – Google has been very successful on the web with their search engine and several other web properties and next they sort of tapped into the browser and mobile OS market withchrome browser and Android (Mobile OS). And now they will be competing head on head with software giant Microsoft in the OS market with Chrome OS!
Well I think everyone saw it coming, when Google released chrome they mentioned that its more than just a browser, its a platform where web applications can be built on. So basically the Chrome OS will eventually be something like a cloud based operating system and for people who mostly use computer for the internet will find this very fascinating.
Google Chrome OS will basically run on both x86 as well as ARM chips and Google is working hard with multiple OEMs to bring a number of netbooks to market in 2010.
The software architecture is pretty straight forward, You can look at Chrome OS as the Google Chrome browser 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 with Chrome OS (as they are both the same platform) and new applications can be written using your favorite web technologies.
The best part about developing web applications is that they are pretty much platform independent, the apps that you develop will run not only on Google Chrome OS, but on any standards-based browser on Windows, Mac and Linux thereby giving you as a developer the largest user base of any platform.
I’m really looking forward to this new Chrome OS. I really can’t wait to get my hands on one of the netbooks running Chrome.
What others are saying about Google Chrome OS:
Google vs. Microsoft: Net giant readies own operating system: USA Today
Google Says Yes to Launching An OS (Based on Chrome) – Louis Gray
Google targets Microsoft with new operating system – Gurdian.co.uk
Google plans Chrome-based Web operating system – CNet
Google to launch Operating System – Mashable!
Google OS Becomes Reality – ReadWriteWeb
Google announces Chrome OS – ZDnet
Google to Challenge Microsoft With Operating System (Update1) – Bloomberg
Google Drops A Nuclear Bomb On Microsoft. And It’s Made of Chrome – Techcrunch
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