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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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not really...
By Mojo the Monkey on 6/2/2010 10:58:55 AM , Rating: 4
The title subtext is misleading. The article doesnt say that windows applications will somehow be compatible with Chrome OS - which is what made me stop to read this article. They are finagling words here.

What they are really trying to say is that plenty of browser-based "applications" like gmail, docs, facebook, etc. will work just fine with their built in Chrome browser. And if thats the case, why not report on all those mobile phones now running PC-compatible applications that didnt need to be rewritten!

I seriously doubt I could install MS Office 2007 on Chrome OS.

RE: not really...
By mcnabney on 6/2/10, Rating: -1
RE: not really...
By amanojaku on 6/2/2010 1:05:47 PM , Rating: 3
It's true that licensing fees are generally more than they're supposed to be, but it's my understanding that they can be negotiated down to a point. As a second option a lot of organizations just stick with older, possibly unsupported software to avoid the additional licensing, testing and validation costs.

And let's not believe that Google Docs, or any other replacement from any vendor, is free, either. It may not cost the end user money, but it costs the developers a lot. Google is not in the development business, however. It's in information retrieval and data mining, along with data sales. It just so happens that the technology it uses to do all that is useful in other ways it can make money.

RE: not really...
By sviola on 6/2/2010 1:28:58 PM , Rating: 2
No, you would use Google Docs which does all of the same things.

No it doesn't. Try running complex spreadsheets and you see for yourself.

Pretty soon the only reason to have Windows around is to play PC games..... oh wait, maybe not even for that.

I doubt that will happen anytime soon.

RE: not really...
By FITCamaro on 6/2/2010 11:20:52 PM , Rating: 2
Yes because businesses instead want to have their data open to security holes because its all located remotely.

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