Google to Enter the OS Arena




google-logoGoogle certainly doesn’t rest on its laurels, that’s for sure. They are, first and foremost a search engine, but the success of their search business has fathered so many products that aren’t search related at all it’s amazing at times. Of course, now that everything is losing its beta status Google needs to get something else in the pipeline that will raise an eyebrow or two.

What about an operation system for netbooks? What about a first step toward a desktop OS? Google is all about the browser and the world available to everyone through it. If there is a way to stir up a little conversation around plans of world domination this is a great one. You have your pick of the litter regarding sources of information on this one. The Official Google blog’s intro to this announcement is as follows

It’s been an exciting nine months since we launched the Google Chrome browser. Already, over 30 million people use it regularly. We designed Google Chrome for people who live on the web — searching for information, checking email, catching up on the news, shopping or just staying in touch with friends. However, the operating systems that browsers run on were designed in an era where there was no web. So today, we’re announcing a new project that’s a natural extension of Google Chrome — the Google Chrome Operating System. It’s our attempt to re-think what operating systems should be.

Well, slap me silly and call Microsoft antiquated! Not directly, of course, because that would be rude. It’s always more fun to play guerilla insults with your biggest rivals by letting your readers connect the dots. “Designed in an era where there was no web”. Hit! You sunk my battleship! Microsoft has owned the OS world forever and Google basically said that despite many new versions etc. that they are no further along than they were pre-web. Well struck.

The New York Times writes

Google’s plans for the new operating system fit its Internet-centric vision of computing. Google believes that software delivered over the Web will play an increasingly central role, replacing software programs that run on the desktop. In that world, applications run directly inside an Internet browser, rather than atop an operating system, the standard software that controls most of the operations of a PC.

That vision challenges not only Microsoft’s lucrative Windows business but also its applications business, which is built largely on selling software than runs on PCs.

An excellent point is made by a Silicon Valley insider

The company likely saw netbooks as a unique opportunity to challenge Microsoft, said Larry Augustin, a prominent Silicon Valley investor who serves on the board of a number of open-source software companies.

“Market changes happen at points of discontinuity,” Mr. Augustin said. “And that’s what you have with netbooks and a market that has moved to mobile devices.”

Google is jumping on a sea change movement that throws a door open to walk through and punch Microsoft in the gut. it looks like it’s going to be “Game On!” between the two giants as this race heats up. Even with Google’s market status and deep pockets it has a long road ahead of it. Many others have tried and failed at knocking Microsoft of this particular perch. If there is a company that has the chops to do it, though, it’s Google.

  • http://juanderpulpinoy.com/ Jhelo Cruz

    This is a very good news and I’m looking forward for Google’s OS.

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  • http://www.free-speed-reading.com/ Robert

    An interesting idea – it should be far more user friendly than anything linux, and work better than anything Microsoft’s ever made. A good combination. Very appealing.

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  • http://www.acorg.com Mikeok

    Hi Frank

    So, if I get this straight, Google wants to build an OS that runs in conjuction with cloud computing. I guess I am the only one that remembers mainframe computers. We called them “dumb” terminals for a reason.

    With cloud computing, the user’s device is just an input device coupled with an output device, usually video. The internet connection is no more than a network cable in mainframe terms. The processing and storage remain on the cloud. Just like a mainframe enviroment.

    I worked in a IBM AIX shop over 10 years ago. We ran off of servers that were expensive in the day but would be worthless today. We ran a network version of Word Perfect (Corel) on black and white monitors with 4M of memory. The system worked great. How would cloud computing be different??

    I feel we are coming to a time where we might be moving away from the “personal” OS. Basicly, there will be no need.

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