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Dec 18, 2010

Chrome OS from Google - What is it?

Google released the Chrome OS and Chrome Web Store. What are these products? Why do we need them?

Applications in A Browser

Traditional PCs, laptops, and desktops, use Windows as the operating system. The OS has gotten bigger, more complex, and executes very slowly on old hardware - thus requiring the purchase of more and more computers just to do the same work. That trend makes no sense.

Users buy learning apps on CDs and install them on the PC. This is expensive, difficult process, and the programs quickly become out-of-date.

Google has extended their Chrome browser to become an operating system. This eliminates the surcharge from expensive hardware. (ed: Our Taiwan friends hint that typical Chrome OS or Android tablets could be purchased for $200 to $400 each.)

The Chrome Web Store hosts applications that can be purchased and used inside the Chrome browser. These apps reside on the web cloud and can be updated without the user having to fuss with the software. The Web Store tracks who owns what and automates access to the latest versions. This is ideal for educational and other apps where the data can be constantly changing.

Google already supplies an office suite of word processing, spreadsheet, database, and presentation software - all of which are free. They have also purchased Picnik, which provides a graphics application that is both free and a paid service.

Replacing an expensive PC, complex OS, and inadequate browser with inexpensive hardware and latest browser - does that make sense?

Updates are automatic as the system self updates over the cloud. This saves everyone time and money.

Applications Versus Websites

Companies who create products like TV shows, movies, music, books, graphics, or learning apps depend on consumer purchases to sustain their art. The earnings from advertising-supported websites have proven to be far from sufficient to support the cost of creative ventures.

Those who argue for everything free ignore the economics of creative services. Would Mel Gibson work for free? A lot of content is free, but it's not possible for everything to become free.

Although applications in the new Chrome OS are delivered just like websites, there are significant differences:
  • Applications can depend on purchases for revenues - not just advertising.
  • The user interface of an app is completely different from websites. Whereas websites try to route users among hundreds of links per page, the applications focus on one task. Thus, applications are far simpler to use than websites.
  • Most apps depend on touch or sensors as controllers - versus keyboards or mice.
  • Most use animation to make everyday use palatable.
A new breed of designers have replaced legacy web and Flash designers to produce apps that are useable. Note that a web application can be a website, but a website is not always an application.

Is it Just Like an iPad?

iPad has led the wave of change. Most Wall Street analysts expect the iPad to gain a significant share of the PC business. A centralized company like Apple has the advantage to effect such major changes.

One key change from iPad is that developers can create advanced apps without supporting legacy browsers like Explorer and Firefox that don't have the advanced features. Chrome OS does the same for desktop and laptop users. Thus, this change enables innovation that benefits all users.

We believe that the iPad has just touched the surface of a new generation of computing. Continued innovation depends on choice from distributed ventures. As more hardware, software, app developers, and wireless engineers tackle the problem - this new generation will displace the majority of wasteful desktops and laptops that are used today.

Complexity that cost time and money will be displaced by simplicity and lower costs. Say goodbye to your PC. It will be relegated to the same niche as mainframe computers.

What's Next With Chrome?

We are under non-disclosure with dozens of companies, who plan to release new computers that use the Chrome OS or equivalent - mostly in the spring of 2011. These computers will be inexpensive, easy to setup, fast starting, and easier to use.

To start with Chrome OS, you don't need to wait.

Google already provides the Chrome browser as a free software that is used by millions of people. It downloads apps from the Chrome Web Store and provides a Cloud OS on today's desktops or laptops. Follow the links below to download the latest Chrome browser and explore the apps in the Chrome Web Store. The process is easy.

Like iTunes, your apps move with you when you update your hardware - avoiding the days wasted installing old software on new computers. Thus, if you start now, you'll be saving time and money with your next PC purchase.

You immediately gain the benefit from the latest applications based on the latest web technologies.

Keys Support For Chrome OS

We have started adapting apps for the Chrome Web Store and the 2011 wave of tablet computers. To download an app, look for the Chrome icon. Here are a few Chrome OS apps to explore using your laptop or desktop:



A very good explanation how to use and utilize the Google infrastructure.

Brady said...

Thankks for sharing this

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