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Google to release Operating System Google Chrome OS.

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Mike Gomez

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Google to release an operating system?

Since the launch of Bing, the rivalry between Google and Microsoft heated up in recent months, add that to the browser wars of Google Chrome and Internet Explorer and you can only see the competition intensifying further. Well, it just has. Google announced on their blog that they plan to launch an operating system by the name of Google Chrome OS. It is said to be a natural extension of Google Chrome, an operating system designed to incorporate the modern day usage of the internet and set a new standard of operating systems.

Google already have an operating system

Google have already released a mobile operating system known as Android, and was designed for various mobile devices and even netbooks. Google Chrome OS has been created for those who spend most of their time on the web (I suppose I'm in there!), with speed, simplicity and security being the key aspects. Google said the following on their blog:

"Google Chrome OS is an open source, lightweight operating system that will initially be targeted at netbooks. Later this year we will open-source its code, and netbooks running Google Chrome OS will be available for consumers in the second half of 2010. Because we're already talking to partners about the project, and we'll soon be working with the open source community, we wanted to share our vision now so everyone understands what we are trying to achieve."

As mentioned above, Google expect to have Google Chrome OS available through netbooks later next year. How it will run is another question though. Google mention in their post that they will use open source software and everything will be available from the internet. So does this mean no hard installs from CDs/DVDs? Just simple downloads from the internet? All your files and back-ups will be filed on the internet too?

Obstacles for Google Chrome OS

As most of the user experience occurs on the web, I question the security aspect and I'm sure this is something Google will respond too in the upcoming months to put our minds at ease. Microsoft has never really been great on the security factors, just recently Internet Explorer has been found to have a major security flaw. With this in mind, Google will need to be on their toes with the security issues to ensure they get the full backing from the public. Finally, I question the uptime. Speed and simplicity are great, yet in regards to storage Google quote:

"They (the users) want their data to be accessible to them wherever they are and not have to worry about losing their computer or forgetting to back up files"

After recent downtime issues with Gmail and other applications Google provide, this will be another hurdle they must get over and make sure there are no downtime problems leading up to the release of the Google Chrome OS. The prospect of Google Chrome OS is exciting, I'm sure there will be scepticisms but the potential of this new operating system is massive and Microsoft (don't forget Apple too)  may be fighting to keep their market share in the near future.