Google Chrome OS – the future?
As we all know, Google ventured into the world of Internet browsers a while back with ‘Google Chrome’. An excellent addition to the browser market, it was a slow starter but figures now show it has overtaken Apple’s own Safari to become the third most popular browser. Google, however, intends to take it further by releasing Google Chrome OS. This takes the concept of Chrome to an entirely different level, and makes it the computer’s entire operating system.
Their thinking behind this was that the web browser is now one of the most used programs on a computer, so in the same way as a netbook is primarily used for browsing, so is Chrome OS. As Chrome OS is the only thing the computer has to load, it means it’s very fast, and you can be browsing the web in under 15 seconds. You also won’t have to worry about it slowing down, ‘blue screens of death’ or crashing, they claim.
One drawback of this system is that with Chrome OS, all of your documents etc are stored online (in the same way as GoogleMail etc), meaning that if you can’t get on the Internet, your computer is literally useless. I can see how this would be great for people who only want to browse, but personally I use my computer for a lot more than that and I think Chrome OS would be massively restricting. See for yourselves what Google has to say.