Image via CrunchBaseThe war is on. Microsoft wants to do search. Google wants to do operating system. The days of Google gingerly wading into Microsoft territory with the likes of Google Docs are over. Now it is a frontal attack. It is face time. Don't sue Microsoft. Don't sue Google. Let them face each other. Let the game begin.
The war is on. The consumer stands to benefit.
The announcement of the Google Chrome Operating System is a big win for the concept of cloud computing. I don't want to host an operating system on my desk either. Take it away. Host it in the cloud. You can keep the browser too. Take me straight to the web. I don't want to stare at my windscreen. I want to look through it. (David Gelernter: Manifesto)
This ties into my IC vision, Internet Computer. The IC is not a cheaper PC any more than
Image via Wikipediathe PC was a smaller mainframe. The IC is a departure from the PC. The Google Chrome OS is a giant leap towards that IC vision. (JyotiConnect Inc.)
Google Chrome OS is going to be open source. It is going to be free. And Google will still make a ton of money. How? If more people come online, and more people spend more time online, Google wins because search is a central function on the web, and Google rules that turf. They have more people to click on their ads. It is roundabout, but it works swell.
Microsoft is going online and ad-based or Microsoft is going bust.
Google Plans a PC Operating System New York Times initially intended for use in the tiny, low-cost portable computers known as netbooks, which have been selling quickly even as demand for other PCs has plummeted. Google said it believed the software would also be able to power full-size PCs.......... move is likely to sharpen the already intense competition between Google and Microsoft ...... Netbooks running the software will go on sale in the second half of 2010. ....... applications run directly inside an Internet browser ...... challenges not only Microsoft’s lucrative Windows business but also its applications business, which is built largely on selling software than runs on PCs. ...... Google has been adding features to Chrome, like the ability to run such applications even when a user is not connected to the Internet. ..... “Chrome is basically a modern operating system,” Mr. Andreessen said. ...... Microsoft began offering its older Windows XP operating system for use on netbooks at a low price.Introducing the Google Chrome OS 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. ....... Speed, simplicity and security are the key aspects of Google Chrome OS. We're designing the OS to be fast and lightweight, to start up and get you onto the web in a few seconds. The user interface is minimal to stay out of your way, and most of the user experience takes place on the web. And as we did for the Google Chrome browser, we are going back to the basics and completely redesigning the underlying security architecture of the OS so that users don't have to deal with viruses, malware and security updates. It should just work. .......... Google Chrome running within a new windowing system on top of a Linux kernel. For application developers, the web is the platform. ....... Google Chrome OS is being created for people who spend most of their time on the web, and is being designed to power computers ranging from small netbooks to full-size desktop systems. ....... People want to get to their email instantly, without wasting time waiting for their computers to boot and browsers to start up. They want their computers to always run as fast as when they first bought them. ........ they don't want to spend hours configuring their computers to work with every new piece of hardware, or have to worry about constant software updates. ...... happier users who are more likely to spend time on the Internet.
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