Google Changes Everything With The New Google Chrome OS

A little after midnight Google made a startling announcement. Late next year Google will roll out an operating system–Google Chrome.

Price out Windows Vista (or soon-to-come Windows 7) or Apple’s Mac OS X Leopard and see how they stack up against free! Google’s new OS will be open source which means free.

Some of you reading this are more technophobe than technophile so here’s a quick explanation. An operating system connects the programs you run with the underlying hardware that is your computer. Different operating systems interface with programs differently. Software must be written or rewritten for each OS. That is why my Mac friends kvetch so often about applications they want not being available for their machine.

Google’s OS promises to untie applications from a specific OS.

The software architecture is simple — Google Chrome 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 and new applications can be written using your favorite web technologies. And of course, these apps will run not only on Google Chrome OS, but on any standards-based browser on Windows, Mac and Linux thereby giving developers the largest user base of any platform.

Actually there are lots of promises starting with security and speed.

Speed, simplicity and security are the key aspects of Google Chrome OS. We’re designing the OS to be fast and lightweight, to start up and get you onto the web in a few seconds. The user interface is minimal to stay out of your way, and most of the user experience takes place on the web. And as we did for the Google Chrome browser, we are going back to the basics and completely redesigning the underlying security architecture of the OS so that users don’t have to deal with viruses, malware and security updates. It should just work.

This is a huge announcement. Microsoft and Apple stock will plunge this morning. As of now their business plans are suspect.

It’s more than just a tech thing. This is a seminal moment in the history of communications, computing and media.

4 Responses to “Google Changes Everything With The New Google Chrome OS”

  1. Jim says:

    ummm….driver support??

  2. Micah says:

    meh, I’m still waiting for my Google Voice invite that I requested back in April :(

  3. Fred Campagna says:

    Eventually, this may become a bigger deal, but at this point, I don’t think the Google OS is a major threat to Apple or Microsoft. Both stocks were up slightly today, so clearly investors didn’t see the announcement as a major problem for either company.

    I think Google OS will be beneficial to the netbook community, but those of us that still do more than surf the web, send email, and use word processors are still going to need programs that will most likely only be developed for Mac and Windows OS for a while.

  4. Gary says:

    it’s an ambitious move, but there’s still too many unanswered questions at this point to know what kind of impact it will have on the netbook market

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