Reasons Why Google Chrome OS Is (and Isn't) a Big Deal
Google announced its plans to roll out an operating system that looks to compete with the likes of Microsoft. Here are five reasons why Google Chrome OS is a real big deal and five reasons why it isn't that important.
Five Reasons Why Google Chrome Operating System Is a Big Deal1. Hello! It is an operating system. And the vendor that controls the operating system controls the application stack and can win the hearts and minds of developers by giving them a way to make money for their code pounding. 2. The Chrome operating system provides a critical bridge between Web 2.0 applications sitting in the cloud and a beefed-up browser. The entrance of Google into the operating system business closes the loop between online, offline, cloud-based applications and mobile applications.
3. Google's Chrome browser is a really good browser. I've been using Chrome along with the new Opera browser and I'm telling you the new browsers are remarkable for stability.
Five Reasons Why Google Chrome Operating System Is No Big Deal1. Google makes its money sticking ads next to search results and has yet to show it can reach beyond that model. 2. Operating systems from Ubuntu and Red Hat are way ahead of anything Google can do. Those companies (yes, along with Microsoft and Apple) have shown they can court developers and provide solid operating systems. You really don't need another one in the game. 3. Hardware suppliers control the operating system business. They cut deals with the software suppliers for co-op advertising dollars and push products based on those deals. I don't expect to see a lot of co-op dollars coming from Google to, say, a Dell. 4. The mobile, netbook and desktop operating system business is not going to roll over for Google. The big Asian vendors are going to end up in control of the netbook and mobile operating system business. 5. The entire operating system business is getting virtualized. No one is going to really know or care what system is running on their hardware.