Wednesday, 8 July 2009

Google takes on Microsoft head on

(By Richard Holway 8.00am 8th July 09) Google has announced that it is to launch a PC operating system (see FT) called Chrome OS to be available in second half 2010. It will be available on all systems ‘from netbooks to PCs’ and offers faster boot time. “Google added that users “want their computers to always run as fast as when they first bought them”, and that 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.”

This is another step in Google’s assault on Microsoft whose Windows 7 OS has been designed to recapture their position as consumers and businesses move to ‘good enough’ netbooks. Something I can support from my excellent experience from my recently acquired Acer Aspire One. Google Apps are an increasingly popular alternative to MS Office.

Google also intend to throw the system open to developers – in much the same way as the massively successful Apple Apps Store.

2010 could prove VERY interesting!

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