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.


  1. The idea of web-based OS is going to revolutionize the computer industry. No hard drive, no viruses, no storage limitations, no need to buy a lot of software apps...and the list goes on. Plus, as fiber optics becomes more prevalent, doing all of our computing online is going to be the same, if not faster, than desktop.

    The only downside that I see, or I should say reason that this concept isn't going to become the standard right off the bat, is that it's going to take a while for large businesses to migrate to web only computing. However, I think that this is not a matter of 'if' but a matter of 'when'.

    Google might be making a big mistake by limiting the hardware companies it's working with - similar to Apple's exclusive AT&T contract for the iPhone. I've heard that IE9 is going to be a web-based OS as well, and if Google limits its distribution capabilities, it might give Microsoft enough time to get in the market in a big way.

    I work for a company that provides web-based software. We've already begun programming to be compatible with Chrome so that we're ready when web-based revolution finally comes.

  2. The promise of the internet is finally coming to pass, and we are once again only at "tip of the technology iceburg." How cloud computing will change the face of technology as we know it is exciting.

    Just to clarify: cloud computing refers to the use of excess (intentionally overbuilt) internet capacity of giants like Amazon and Google. Cloud management applications create inexpesive efficiencies by moving data and computing capabilities around to their most ideal location in the cloud. What smaller companies couldn't afford even two years ago (storage capacity and bandwidth) are now available at a fraction of the cost.

    For example, if you have a business that relies heavily on web-based educational videos, three years ago you would have had to pay for very expensive storage and bandwidth options. Now, you would be able to do for a fraction of the cost.

    Add to that, you might have wanted to offer a powerful internet application, but it required immense computing capabilities, maybe like a graphic imaging application. In the past, the harware requirements would have been prohibited for all but the most well-healed. Now, hundreds or even thousands of processors are simultaneously at your avail in the cloud.

    The result will be incredibly powerful applications interacting with each other in ways that would be impossible for traditional client-server or desktop software.