“Google Chrome has always been a little more than a browser: it’s optimized for running web applications, each tab runs as a separate process, the interface is minimalistic and there’s even a task manager. Google realized that the web had evolved from mainly simple text pages to rich, interactive applications and that we needed to completely rethink the browser. What we really needed was not just a browser, but also a modern platform for web pages and applications, and that’s what google has set out to build.” This was the statementt of Google in September 2008 while launching Google Chrome. It’s been an exciting 10 months since Google Chrome browser was launched. The Chrome browser now has 30 million active users, says Google, and tracking services say it has around 6% market share. Not bad for a browser that’s less than a year old.
Install Google Chrome browser using the following link if you want to check Google Chrome’s superiority over other browsers.
Now Google has announced recently a natural extension of the Chrome project: an operating system for netbooks. Google Chrome OS is an open source, lightweight operating system that will initially be targeted at netbooks. Later this year google will open-source its code, and netbooks running Google Chrome OS will be available for consumers in the second half of 2010. The open-source Chrome OS will consist of a Linux kernel with the Google Chrome browser running on top inside an entirely new desktop environment.
As people use more and more web applications, the operating system becomes less important and it makes no sense to pay for it. The desktop mail client could be replaced by Gmail, the calendaring application could be replaced by Google Calendar, the office suite has lightweight alternatives: Google Docs and Zoho, it makes more sense to use an online feed reader like Google Reader, your scientific calculator is less powerful than Wolfram Alpha and you’ll rarely need a video player when you have YouTube, Hulu and other video sites.
This technology no doubt has created a serious competition for Microsoft’s Windows Operating Systems. In future every Computer installed with Google Chrome OS need not have Windows OS and Office.
According to google, speed, simplicity and security are the key aspects of Google Chrome OS. It’s meant 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 they did for the Google Chrome browser, they 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.
In short if Google manages to create an OS that’s simple, fast and with great user interface, it would just click.
The following is the presentation by Google on Google chrome browser, success of which was an inspiration to google to build Google chrome OS.