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Applications for Windows will work on Chrome

Google is looking to rival many firms that are big names in the hardware and software business. One of the key rivals that Google is focusing on is Microsoft in the software realm. Google has been offering its cloud-based productivity applications for a while now to businesses and end users with offerings like Google Docs that are compatible with Microsoft Office file types.

Google talked more about its coming operating system at Computex in Taiwan this week. Google reports that it intends to launch its operating system, dubbed Chrome OS, in the late fall of 2010. We already know a lot of what there is to know about Chrome with the OS having been officially announced back in November of 2009. Google also offered some information on its cloud printing scheme for the OS in April 2010.

Yahoo News quotes Google VP of product management Sundar Pichai as saying, "We are working on bringing the device later this fall." He continues stating, "It's something which we are very excited by ... We expect it to reach millions of users on day one."

Reuters quotes Pichai saying, "Chrome OS is one of the few future operating systems for which there are already millions of applications that work. You don't need to redesign Gmail for it to work on Chrome. Facebook does not need to write a new app for Chrome."

The real question for the Chrome OS is will hardware manufacturers support the OS. The OS will be open source and might woo some hardware makers to offer it on their netbooks, which is the market where Chrome OS is aimed.

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By MrBlastman on 6/2/2010 10:16:10 AM , Rating: 3
This isn't big news to me. I'm perfectly happy being complacent with Windows on my PC for now, occasionally tinkering in Linux. I like having the option to pull up the command prompt. I like having full control of my computer. I like actually KNOWING what is on it (ahem, Apple, you are guilty of the opposite) and most importantly, where it is so I can place my hands on it.

I like having a reliable filesystem. I like having the ability to load what I want, when I want on it. I like being able to turn on applications without being connected to the internet.

I like being able to store data on my PC that is separate from other people around the world.

I like... not having to share. Basically, my PC is my playground, my own little house within my house that is mine to what I please with. Chrome OS? I think I need to go back to taking a nap. Wake me up when there is some important news.

RE: *yawn*
By Kurz on 6/2/2010 10:33:34 AM , Rating: 3
Isn't Chrome OS based on Linux?

RE: *yawn*
By MrBlastman on 6/2/2010 10:46:29 AM , Rating: 5
I believe it is. The thing that makes me so tepid towards it is the reliance of using the Chrome browser to access everything on the device it is on. In other words, no direct control towards the PC--that and its heavy gearing towards only web-based apps.

Basically they took Linux, butchered it and dumbed it down in an Apple-like manner. Features? It isn't about features anymore to them, it is about accessibility (or lack of).

RE: *yawn*
By Alexstarfire on 6/2/2010 11:36:17 AM , Rating: 3
Isn't this geared more toward portable devices though, like tablets? I never liked the sound of it from the start, but I'd like to get a hands on feel for it before I make my decision.

RE: *yawn*
By zmatt on 6/2/2010 10:40:54 AM , Rating: 5
cloud scares me, a lot. I like local file systems and you can talk all day about productivity but it removes a level of security and ownership from the user. not to mention privacy. I could see google down the road using the stored information to gain ad data like facebook has been attempting to do. Google does good work and their free software is great, but i will only trust them to a point.

RE: *yawn*
By quiksilvr on 6/2/2010 12:58:53 PM , Rating: 3
If that is the case, there is no need for you to put that data online.

I am sure Google Chrome OS gives you offline file saving on your computer without having it available online. I mean, look at MeeGo. They give you offline access to documents and files.

RE: *yawn*
By drycrust3 on 6/2/2010 4:15:49 PM , Rating: 4
I am sure Google Chrome OS gives you offline file saving on your computer

My reading of the early media reports for the Chrome OS was it didn't have any HDD capability, although in hindsight that can't be right because you'd need some to update the OS ... or maybe you don't. Maybe they just "reinstall" the OS every so many months.
The big problem I see is there isn't any online website that comes even close to matching the Microsoft Office Suite in capability. The only suite that comes even close is OpenOffice, but that has to be run from a HDD.
To me, as an Ubuntu user, I don't have a problem with yet another Linux OS in the sense that anyone who wants to should be allowed to build one, but in another sense I think they would have been better improving things like OpenOffice Suite, so that it is much more capable.
My experience with Ubuntu / OpenOffice is that mathematical formulas (excuse my poor Latin) won't being rendered correctly, and that to see a document correctly you need to receive it as a PDF file.
As I see it, for Chrome OS to be taken even half seriously it has to at least be capable of receiving, editing, and sending documents and spreadsheets and powerpoints etc, and not just in English either, and that it has instant messaging capability (and that doesn't just mean "chat", it means voice talking as well).
There is an old saying along the lines of "Why reinvent the wheel?", and the same applies here. Why not take an existing wheel and attach it to a better suspension system or put a better tyre on it?

RE: *yawn*
By Micronite on 6/2/2010 10:41:41 AM , Rating: 2
I think most DT readers will agree with you.

That said, I love virtualization and I fully intend to add ChromeOS to my list of many Virtual Boxes I have set up. Why? Perhaps the better question is: Why not? It only really takes up my hard drive space when it's not running. For now, I have plenty to spare and when it gets tight, I just zap a Virtual Box and keep going.

RE: *yawn*
By inperfectdarkness on 6/2/2010 10:46:42 AM , Rating: 2
how about this?

how about i continue using google search on my windows-based laptop; and i use bing on my android-based smartphone.

i'm not about to put all my eggs in one basket (or any of them in apple's basket).

RE: *yawn*
By jeepga on 6/2/2010 12:30:07 PM , Rating: 3
The industry led by companies like Google and Apple seem to be pushing computing into the appliance idiom. I prefer my computers to be tools.

My biggest problem is the underlying push by Google to get you to trust them. With their OS I'm assuming they'll have all your data when it comes to their applications. They'll know where you shop, what your hobbies are, what your political leanings are, etc. I wouldn't be surprised if China clones their OS and makes it mandatory on all their computers so that they can keep tabs on all of their people.

RE: *yawn*
By Jeffk464 on 6/3/2010 12:12:47 AM , Rating: 2
Why not just make an android based OS for computers, like androids big brother so to speak.

RE: *yawn*
By roadhog1974 on 6/7/2010 6:21:34 PM , Rating: 2
Google sees itself as an enterprise software house.
Which means if you are not supporting 10,000+ machines
they are not that interested in you.

If you are supporting 10,000+ machines this is big
news, if it works.

10,000 less windows licences, 10,000 less citrix licences.
Simpler hardware, not having to mess around with client

Massive savings, if it works.

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