Google had given a hot news this evening that it is launching its own operating system ( OS ), know as Google Chrome OS. It would impact Microsoft more than anyone else.
Microsoft has always targeted Google search business, by its new search engine, bing it is planning to cut of revenue of Google advertising business. But Google had given a big blow to Microsoft to challenge in OS market.
Google Chrome OS is based on the open source model. It would be a light weight operating system and it would be targeted at the netbooks for now.
They are going to make available the code later this year. Google added that the netbooks powered by this platform would go on sale next year.
Google said in a blog post:
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.
They are going to develop versions for both x86 and ARM chips. The basic model of this operating system is Chrome browser running on top of Linux kernel.
Developers would be able to develop web based applications and solutions for it which would run through the Chrome browser.
The company however clarifies that this project is totally different from Android which is designed for mobile devices with smaller screens.
Google’s Android had show that it has interest in operating system market.
We need answers to our many questions, mashable has given a brief thoughts about that
Why I think Google Chrome OS can be a Windows Killer?
The reality is this: we know almost nothing about Google Chrome OS. The announcement is hot out of the oven, which leaves us with a lot of questions. Here’s what we hope to answer in the next few days or weeks:
Is it free? – Microsoft Windows can cost hundreds of dollars for the premier versions, which brings up the cost of new PCs. Since Google OS is open-source, it’s almost certain to be free, although Google has not explicitly stated anything of the sort. Could Google charge for specific features or extensions? Nobody really knows.
Will Google OS have advertising? – If they decide to provide this OS for free, they will almost certainly monetize it with ads. With Google’s expertise in web advertising, they may be able to utilize non-intrusive advertising to create a new revenue stream. Imagine browsing your music files and having ads for John Mayer downloads on the side.
What kind of support will it offer to desktop apps? – It’s based on Google Chrome, a browser. But can it run Microsoft Word and Photoshop?
Will it be extendable by 3rd party developers? – Will there be a developer platform for Chrome OS, not unlike the ones offered for many other Google products? The fact that it’s open source makes us think this is a possibility.
How will it interact with current hardware? – Could I wipe my current computer’s hard drive and run it on Chrome OS? What kind of driver support will it have?
There are lots of other issues to address too, but clearly this is only the beginning of a long story that poses a lot of questions.
Can Google Beat Microsoft?
While there are a lot of questions we want answers to, one matters the most: Can Google OS take on Windows? Any OS that wants to manage desktop computers clearly competes with Windows. So far, nobody has been able to make major inroads (although Apple recently achieved 10 percent market share) in a space that Microsoft has dominated for years.
Yet Google has been the one company to present a serious challenge to Microsoft to-date, especially on the Web. Microsoft’s attempts to compete with Google in search have been fruitless overall. And while we don’t know how Bing will do, few people believe it will ultimately change the fact that Google is synonymous to search, just as Windows is synonymous to the OS.
We’ve said time and time again that competition is a good thing, and Microsoft hasn’t faced serious competition in the OS market in a long, long time. The question is whether or not Google Chrome OS will squash or be squashed by Windows.
Google Chrome OS Partners Announced
Google ropes in eight PC and Chip makers to support Chrome OS development
Now that Google Chrome OS has been announced, the partners who would be working with Google have also been declared. Of the many players in the technology space , Google has chosen Acer, Adobe, ASUS, Freescale, Hewlett-Packard, Lenovo, Qualcomm and Texas Instruments as Chrome OS supporting partners.
It’s a bit surprising that Google managed to rope in four major PC makers, which include Acer, HP, Asus and Lenovo but left out Dell.