Jan 23, 2011

Why the Chrome OS wasn't a great idea


All the ingredients to be a hit. Google+Linux+OpenSource. Why then won't it work out? Most critics had foreseen it back then when Google announced the operating system on July 7, 2009 and said it would be based on the most loved Linux distro, Ubuntu. Probably Google thought users would easily accept the Cloud. Won't happen in the near future for sure. Moreover G would ship it with limited hardware drivers and the applications running under the Chrome OS are really just interactive Web pages. Yes, we do realize that the Netbook market is now on the peaks more than ever before, this could've been another reason for Chrome to taste some success, but then with the great run that Google is having with Android(and let's not forget the recently announced "tablet friendly" Honeycomb) Chrome has poor chances. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer had also accused Google of not being able to make up its mind. Google has suggested that the two operating systems address different markets, mobile and personal computing, which remain distinct despite the growing convergence of the devices. Co-founder Sergey Brin suggested that the two systems "will likely converge over time".


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