The engineers at Google are affirmative that old operating systems were not designed for the Internet and they declare that the new Chrome OS is their way to define "what operating systems should be".
The software architecture is simple — Google Chrome running within a new windowing system on top of a Linux kernel. For application developers, the web is the platform. All web-based applications will automatically work and new applications can be written using your favorite web technologies. And of course, these apps will run not only on Google Chrome OS, but on any standards-based browser on Windows, Mac and Linux thereby giving developers the largest user base of any platform.
People want to get to their email instantly, without wasting time waiting for their computers to boot and browsers to start up. They want their computers to always run as fast as when they first bought them. They 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. Even more importantly, they don't want to spend hours configuring their computers to work with every new piece of hardware, or have to worry about constant software updates.
The source code for Chrome OS will be available for the public by the end of 2009 and early next year Google promises to supply new netbooks with the Chrome Operating System.
Search Engine Land blog captured the positive ( TechCrunch, Computerworld, Mashable), negative (PC World, CNET News, Search Engine Watch) and "wait and see " (BBC, eWeek, GigaOM, ReadWriteWeb ) reactions from the blogging community. See for yourself.
Considering the new cloud technology trend (computing and storage on the Internet) and the fact that there is a generation now that lives with the Internet, I think that Google is moving in the right directions and they have proven already that they have the resources and talent to build an attractive OS for the younger generation. Is this going to kick Microsoft out of the computer OS business? Doubtfully.
Via: The Official Google Blog