Google Announces Chrome OS: Is It Worth the Buzz?
- PC World asks, is the OS practical? Yes and no, the site says. Chrome's streamlined design will quickly get you on the Web to use applications like Google Docs, which makes it perfect for low-powered mobile Internet devices. But Chrome might not make sense for more powerful netbooks.
- The New York Times sees the move as intensifying the rivalry between Google and Microsoft. According to the Times, Chrome is a step toward an 'Internet-centric' future that benefits the search giant and could prove troublesome for Microsoft's device-centric software model.
- The Silicon Alley Insider says Chrome OS is not only an affront to Microsoft but to Apple, as well. While there's no official word, many expect the OS to be free, which could be a further hit to Apple, whose products are already pricier than its rivals.
- Blogger Robert Scoble seems to think Microsoft has an ace up its sleeve with 'Gazelle.' Scoble reports that the rumored browser also acts as an operating system. Sound familiar?
- All Things Digital's Richard Kafka writes that Chrome OS is part of a natural progression Google has been working on for years. From mail (gmail) to an OS, Kafka says it's all intended to compete with Microsoft.
- Technologizer ponders how Web-based an OS should be, which is an important issue when Wi-Fi access is limited.
If Google delivers on its promise of 'speed, simplicity and safety,' it could make a dent in a market long ruled by Microsoft. However, those lofty and vague promises might not hold water. Google announcing plans a year before launch demonstrates commitment for the promising concept, but only time will tell if Chrome OS is a giant-killer or simply a sidenote.