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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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browser based, big surprise
By taber on 6/2/2010 12:58:21 PM , Rating: 2
Of course Google would love people to run an OS that wasn't good for much else than getting at web based content since that's most all they are. I think this is aiming more for tablets, but I'll be much more interested in Android or WebOS based tablets than this.

I don't want to get completely away from apps that run on my computer. Part of the use of portable computing is the fact it'll sometimes be taken to places without internet access. Between that, privacy concerns and data caps, I don't want to rely on an internet connection all the time.

RE: browser based, big surprise
By johnr81 on 6/2/2010 1:02:51 PM , Rating: 2
I think Google is at odds with itself for having both Android and Chrome OS. My guess is Android will be more popular than Chrome OS when considered for the same scenarios.

RE: browser based, big surprise
By Taft12 on 6/2/2010 3:08:50 PM , Rating: 2
Android is for phones, Chrome is for netbooks and tablets.

They would never be considered for the same scenarios, so Google is not at odds with itself.

RE: browser based, big surprise
By johnr81 on 6/2/2010 6:18:39 PM , Rating: 2
Android is being used for tablets, there is definitely overlap and that's where I see Chrome OS shining best. I don't see many people wanting a hobbled version of Linux on their netbook, laptop or desktop. Dell, MSI and Archos come to mind off the top of my head:

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