Google Has Chrome OS in the Works
Google is all set to challenge Microsoft in the OS domain; the web giant today released details of its planned Chrome operating system. The announcement comes just nine months after the launch of its Chrome browser and puts to rest long standing rumours about the OS.
The announcement of the upcoming OS came through the official Google blog. According to the blog, the new OS is designed for netbooks and will be ready to ship out to manufacturers by the end of next year. The fully open-source operating system is being developed to offer a lightweight platform that can run on just about any system.
Once launched, Chrome OS is expected to give Microsoft Windows a run for its money. At the same time, Google has taken care to differentiate the new OS from its Android operating system. While Android is designed specifically for mobile devices, Chrome OS will be compatible with any system and is aimed at providing users easy and quick access to the internet.
Describing the new OS on the official blog, the Google team has written, “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,” it adds.
Carrying the details further, the blog states, “Google Chrome OS will run on both x86 as well as ARM chips and we are working with multiple OEMs to bring a number of netbooks to market next year. The software architecture is simple – Google Chrome running within a new windowing system on top of a Linux kernel. For application developers, the web is the platform. All web-based applications will automatically work and new applications can be written using your favourite web technologies.”
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