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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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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?

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