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