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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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This scares me...
By ChristopherO on 6/2/2010 4:45:25 PM , Rating: 2
I applaud Google for innovation, Android is turning out to be a better product in some ways than the iPhone. Without competition, neither company would really push the envelope.

However, I don't understand Google-love. This is a company that makes almost *all* of its money on advertising and marketing. As a result, they collect a huge amount of data on you.

Everyone yells about privacy, but then runs to an Internet company who basically makes all their money on not giving you any.

Everyone hates the credit agencies, but doing business with Google is like voluntarily calling the three credit agencies every time you buy something, or have some event happen in your life.

I admire what Google has done, but I like a straightforward relationship with a company. With Microsoft Windows or Mac OSX you give them money for a product, and that's it... There is no exchange of personal data. Sure MS has HotMail, and Apple MobileMe, but you don't *have* to use their services and dump all your personal data on someone else's servers.

Plus the cloud has its time and place, but if everyone gets a GMail account, one would think that half the hackers on the planet are going to try to break into their system. At least with typical Exchange servers, or POP mail from an ISP, the risk is spread out. If someone screws up it isn't going to impact a half-billion user accounts.

Risk of a hack goes down, but the damage done by a successful one goes way up.

If anything comes out of this, I hope that Google at least makes Linux usable. OSX is basically a very user-friendly version of BSD. I have yet to see a Linux version that I'd let my mother use.

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