Google, with its somewhat successful (not really) launch of the Chrome internet browser, has just made it publicly known they intend to enter Microsoft’s realm with Chrome OS. The operating system is scheduled for release mid-2010. Interestingly enough, they will be releasing the source code later this year. The good news for Microsoft is that development has only been connected to Netbook laptops so far. But Google does plan on running this OS on Desktops as soon as possible, and it’s free along with the open-source code.
According to Google, current companies on board with testing and implementing this OS for their Netbook production are “Acer, Adobe, ASUS, Freescale, Hewlett-Packard, Lenovo, Qualcomm, Texas Instruments, and Toshiba.”
First let’s consider, why. Of course, Google needs the internet to survive, and Google needs people to use their web-based services to maintain a revenue stream. So why would taking on Windows 7 and OSX be a smart move? Let’s look at why most people use Google to begin with – Gmail. The image below is from alexa.com stats.
Just as we are all familiar with Outlook with Microsoft, Google is introducing built-in offline Gmail with Chrome OS. With the current setup in which Gmail offers advertisements on nearly 50% of the real estate of your e-mail screen, I’m going to make an assumption that there is a good chance you’ll see something similar with Chrome. Google WANTS you to use their “free” services. Personally, I think Gmail is great, and I don’t even really notice the ads, but keep in mind those ads are Google’s primary revenue source. Let’s look at the web competition.
Oh wait, what about Android? If Chrome OS is open source, what’s going to happen to Android? Google has answered that question with the following:
“Google Chrome OS is a new project, separate from Android. Android was designed from the beginning to work across a variety of devices from phones to set-top boxes to netbooks. Google Chrome OS is created for people who spend most of their time on the web and is designed to power computers ranging from small netbooks to full-size desktop systems. While there are areas where Google Chrome OS and Android overlap, we believe choice will drive innovation for the benefit of everyone, including Google.”