The Google Chrome OS is an upcoming operating system that is being released by Google to work with web applications. The Chrome OS was announced back on July 7th, 2009 and was supposed to be released in the late fall of 2010. Now though, information has been released that the Chrome OS will not be released until early 2011.
The Google Chrome web browser has been out since 2008 and ever since its release it has been growing in usage throughout the internet community. Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox are still the two most popular web browsers but it won’t be long until Google Chrome catches up to the other two with its fast, sleek, easy to use web browser. The interesting fact about Google Chrome OS is that it won’t be able to be downloaded to be installed onto just any computer. Instead, it will only be installed onto specific hardware devices that Google chooses.
Some of the companies that are developing hardware for the Google Chrome OS are Dell, Hewlett-Packard, and Intel just to name a few. There is even a Google OS Notebook that was released and at its initial release, 60,000 to 70,000 units were ordered.
Critics of the Google Chrome OS have already predicted failure for the device though. Many companies believe that they are already capable of doing all of the things that the Google Chrome OS is set to do. Speed and simplicity are the two main factors for the Google Chrome OS and these will help to sell the operating system to the crowd of people that aren’t too technology friendly. Everything that Google creates is focused on simplicity so that way every age group can use their products. The Google website is simple, the Google Chrome web browser is simple, and now it looks as if the Google Chrome OS is going to be simple as well. With this simplicity comes speed, because since there isn’t as much information for the computer to load, the computer and internet both run faster with the lack of processes to run.
Security is going to be a key factor in how the Google Chrome OS is going to be received by internet users. Software security engineer Will Drewy, has describe Google Chrome OS as a “hardened” operating system featuring auto-updating and sandbox features that will reduce malware exposure. If the operating system is going to be hard to crack into by hackers, then the sales of the product will greatly increase just like Apple products have after the MacBook created such a great security system on their computers.
Overall, I believe that the Google Chrome OS will be interesting to see in early 2011. I have been playing around with the Firefox, Google Chrome, and Safari web browsers for a couple of years and I have enjoyed all three of them in their own individual ways. Google Chrome has been the simplest of the three to use and this will translate into how their operating system will work as well. I believe that the Google Chrome OS will bode well and be successful when it is released.