The master of Search Engine now challenges the King of Operating System. Decades since the Microsoft came into existence they were ruling the world of Operating Systems. Now all the buzz which we have been hearing around the tinsel town about Google desktop operating system has turn out to be true. Yes, you heard it right. Google has just announced its Chrome Operating System, which will be unique in its own way.
Planned to be released in the second half of 2010 Google Chrome OS, a lightweight operating system designed to run on the Chrome web browser on netbooks. Google Chrome OS will be an open-source initially targeting netbooks. “It’s our attempt to re-think what operating systems should be,” Google writes on its blog. They further added, “We wanted to share our vision now so everyone understands what we are trying to achieve”.
It is evident that Google is trying to attract the audience who used to go ga ga over the OS giant, “The Microsoft”, and they are planning it very intelligently by targeting the netbook users as many people are buying netbooks now; however they all are running on Windows XP. Windows XP came into existence around 8 years ago and was built to run on Pentium IIIs and Pentium 4s. Whereas Google Chrome OS is built to run on both x86 architecture chips and ARM chips, the ones which are very popular among the netbooks. Google is also working with multiple OEMs to get the new OS up and running by next year.
Just like the browser we can expect the Chrome OS to be lightweight and fast. On the contrary, just like the browser the OS will also be open-sourced.
Google also mentions, “We have a lot of work to do, and we’re definitely going to need a lot of help from the open source community to accomplish this vision.” Well, this seems like an open competition with Microsoft. According to Google, the software architecture of Google Chrome browser will act as a base which is running inside a new windowing system on top of a Linux kernel. If explained in simple terms, the OS will be on the web. They also said that any application developed for Google Chrome OS will be able to work with any standard complaint browser on any OS.
Google intends not only to create a new kind of OS but also trying to eliminate the need of an OS. Well, if they are really intending to do so then why not use Android, as it has already been successfully ported to netbooks. But Google admits that there were few flaws with that, with the major difference being their ability to run on the x86 architecture. (Android cannot run on x86 architecture). Chrome OS will. Google also emphasizes that Chrome OS is all about web and Android was about a lot of other things.
Google Chrome OS is all about web apps and it’s certain that HTML 5 will play a major role. A lot of people are apprehensive about running the web apps when the computer is not connected to the web. But with HTML 5 you will still be able to work in the browser even when you are not connected and upload whenever you get the connectivity.
On the Microsoft end, Windows 7 is still on the waiting list and Windows XP has become 8 years old. Windows Vista was also not a huge hit especially with the netbooks and it was generally considered as a bad OS for netbooks. However, Windows 7 looks promising with the netbook and Microsoft claims that around 96% of the netbooks run on Windows. But the scenario won’t be the same next year.
As Google plans to release its open source code for Chrome OS later this year ahead of the launch next year, speculations are making rounds that it might as well fall at the same time as Windows 7. So, the war is on…