Google Chrome Operating System

Earlier today Google announced their newest shiny toy, a Chrome operating system (or OS) that will appear as a competitor to Windows and Apple. What’s kind of exciting about this new OS is that Google has decided to make it a web desktop of sorts. So you’ll login and then be immediately connected to your Gmail, surf through Chrome (the browser) and have a number of other services you’d use online like contacts, a notepad etc.

The idea is that everything you do on your computer can live online, which is definitely where things seem to be going. It also let’s you plugin in external devices as well. Let’s say you have a photo on a memory card. Plug it in, import it into, then upload it to your Flickr or a server. I’m guessing there will be some kind of music player for music as well, but Lala is built in if you want to use that.

I know very little about this, so if I screwed something up, sorry. But I can definitely see the potential in a system like this. I’m curious to see what Apple does next and if they incorporate any similar ideas. No matter what, this is some next level thinking.


7 Comments Google Chrome Operating System

  1. Rob McDougall November 19, 2009 at 5:58 PM

    Holy moly…

    I already do a lot of that with Fluid – as in having seperate icons in my Dock for Gmail, Google Docs etc… But Chrome looks like it would handle this much better.

    Unfortunately though, I doubt it would ever support Final Cut, After Effects, Ableton Live etc. etc…

  2. ikea November 19, 2009 at 7:00 PM

    i’m not sure about this. after using blogger for a little while, i’ve found the whole google network of sites to be bloated. settings are all over the place, two things that seem the same are different… i don’t see having everything on the web and having it work smoothly at the same time working very well.

  3. Shady Tyrant November 20, 2009 at 12:41 AM

    I think chromeOS is a fantastic idea. A great new way of thinking about computers all together. This could take cloud based computing to a whole new level. However like others have mentioned I don’t see support for any performance intensive programs coming anytime soon, if at all (FLstudios, Flash, IDEs, etc). Though for the majority of end users this could be the future of every day tasks (Email, IM, spreadsheets, word docs, shopping, social networking, etc).

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  5. Suneemil November 20, 2009 at 10:08 AM

    @Rob McDougall

    I think it’s only a matter of time. As with the idea behind this OS everything can be moved on the web which would make it smarter for the user since they then can have access to their stuff no matter where they are. At some point I’m sure Photoshop, After Effects, Final Cut etc. will be moved onto servers where your then pay for having access an amount of time. When you’ve payed you get directed to some sort of online remote desktop from where you can use the application online. When you’re done with your job you can send you files to your online storage device. It’s all be flowing and you won’t have the need to buy a new superduper computer with the latest graphics and processor power every third year since the company will be doing that making sure their servers (or computers with some kind of remote desktop application you can access from your browser) are up to date, to give the best and fastest experience to their costumers.

    Too for companies it would be a great way to work since they will only have to do a quick browser update and change the servers (from a central place) to have their system running the latest new stuff.

    I must admit though that I’ll probably take some time to get people used to this kind of doing work and even longer to make people begin using the new system since most will want to have their own files on a physical media and not on a server somewhere in ‘inter-space’.

  6. Dustin November 22, 2009 at 3:57 PM

    Interesting. I like the web browser Chrome well enough. Hopefully this will live up to it’s amazing simplicity.

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