Google's Chrome OS: The Fight Begins

Google made an announcement on July 7, 2009, – an announcement that almost 30 million users were eagerly waiting for. Google’s Chrome OS. Yes, they’re finally talking about it, and so is the close-knit technology user community.
An excerpt from the blog post iterates Google’s vision. “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.”
Popular belief dictates that Chrome OS is set to make a dent in mega-vendors’ (such as Microsoft) OS businesses; however, although we’d like very much to believe the same, practical scenarios dictate otherwise.
Our sister concern, Biztech2.com spoke to technology research company Gartner’s principal research analyst Diptarup Chakraborti regarding the new OS. Chakraborti said, “Google’s Chrome OS, from what we’ve seen so far, is touted to be a Microsoft killer, However, a simple analogy is due here; Google Chrome is no more a Windows Killer; than Google Docs was an Office Killer. I don’t particularly see it as a threat to Microsoft’s business, primarily because all said and done, Microsoft has already built its entire business and strengthened it using its retailer and partner network.”
Although Google has mentioned that the Os will initially be released for Netbooks followed by an OEM x86 release; however, analysts believe this to be somewhat ambiguous.

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