Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Google Officially Announces Chrome OS

The folks that run the worlds most popular search engine have officially announced that they are throwing their hats into the operating system arena with the new Google Chrome OS. The new operating system will be a Linux based open source OS that according to Google will be initially targeted at netbooks.

In their announcement Google has already confirmed that the company has been working with netbook and PC manufactures to deliver the Chrome OS to 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," said Sundar Pichai, VP of product management.

Google Chrome OS will be designed to run on both x86 as well as ARM chips making it highly adaptable which might eventually led to its transition away from netbooks to PCs and laptops.

The software architecture is simple and highly web based. Google Chrome will be running within a new windowing system on top of a Linux kernel. The user interface is said to be minimalistic to create a faster easier interface that should stay out make the OS fairly user friendly. As could be expected from a search giant most of the user experience takes place on the web with most all of your applications being web-based.

So far there are few details and specifics, so we don't yet know if Google plans to offer the new OS free of charge. Nor do we have specifics on which manufactures might be involved in the release. About all we know for sure is that Google will release the code later this year and they expect Chrome OS to makes its first appearance on netbooks by the end of 2010.

I for one can't wait to take it for a spin.

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