Google Announces Plans for New PC Operating System

July 8, 2009

(ChattahBox) — Google Inc. is now working on a new Linux-based open source operating system for personal computers, initially targeted for lower-cost “netbooks,” in a new front to battle Microsoft Corp. on a whole new level.

The new operating system, announced late Tuesday night on Google’s Web site (see below), will be based on the company’s nine-month-old Web browser, Chrome. The Chrome browser now has 30 million active users, says Google, and tracking services say it has 6% or so market share. The concept of Chrome OS is to provide an extremely lightweight operating system that boots directly to the browser, in which all applications will run. Google intends to leverage the community of open-source programmers to develop the Chrome operating system, which is expected to be ready in the second half of 2010.

Here’s a snippet on the Chrome OS announcement made on the official Google blog, posted by Sundar Pichai, VP Product Management and Linus Upson, Engineering Director:
The operating systems that browsers run on were designed in an era where there was no web. So today, we’re announcing a new project that’s a natural extension of Google Chrome — the Google Chrome Operating System. It’s our attempt to re-think what operating systems should be. …

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.

Earlier this week the search engine giant upgraded the pieces of its Google Apps Premier Edition (GAPE) suite to the status of a finished product to take on Microsoft in the enterprise Apps space.


One Response to “Google Announces Plans for New PC Operating System”

  1. VoteTheDay on July 8th, 2009 8:29 am

    We invite everybody to speculate on the outcome of the battle ‘Google Chrome OS-Windows’. Is Google going to knock Microsoft down? Or Windows will never be defeated as the most popular OS? Tell us –

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