Friday, November 20, 2009

Curious about Google's Chrome OS?


For a while now there has been speculation and a fair amount of discussion of Google Chrome the Operating System. Google released its Chrome browser earlier in the year, but the Chrome OS has continued be worked on under cover with some select folks being given access to use/evaluate it. Now we're finally beginning to see what Google is thinking about., although they say Chrome won't be available for a year. When it does arrive, at this point, it looks like it will be loaded on netbooks at first. However, Google is asking the hardware providers to make netbooks bigger with full sized keyboards.

The idea of Chrome is an interesting one. A lot of our computing is now done "in the cloud" which means over the Internet itself. Lots of people have gmail, hotmail, yahoo mail, or others where the e-mail is never downloaded to your computer but simply used off of the providing server. Applications like Google Docs give access to word processing, spreadsheets, etc while storing all of the files online.

Take a look at these 2 videos and let me know your opinions. I've been pretty web centric for a while now. I've done it by using some applications like Evernote, Sugarsync, Lexi-comp, and others that keep my data in the cloud where I can access it from anywhere. So, to me this Google idea makes a lot of sense, but I'm really interested in what you, the reader, thinks.

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