What Google Can Learn from Microsoft About Operating Systems
NEWS ANALYSIS: On July 8, the world learned that Google would challenge Microsoft in the operating system market with its Google Chrome OS, which is based on open-source code and is geared toward netbooks or mini-notebooks. Microsoft has been in the operating system game for a while and eWEEK Labs analyst Jeff Cogswell look at what Google can learn from Microsoft as it expands its business.We just learned that Google has decided to enter the operating system business. Microsoft, as of this writing, has not commented. I can only wonder, however, what thoughts are going through the heads of the people at Microsoft. (I imagine there's a certain amount of laughter going on.) In the software business, one problem that we run into again and again is that of a company trying to branch out and do something they're not in the business of doing. I see this often in the software world, where a company that is not in the software business decides to home-brew their own software. I used to work for a company that provided software to the telecom industry. The big telecom companies (you know their names) would hire us to create their software. The telecom companies were certainly capable of pumping money into one of their own groups to build the software. But the reason they didn't is they weren't in the software business; they were in the telecom business.
A close relative of mine works in health care, and a company she worked for decided to have their IT people build their own patient management software. It was a disaster. The person-hired to manage the network-who was single-handedly doing about 90 percent of the coding, was in over his head, and the management knew nothing about how to manage a software project. (The managers knew health care. That's what their business was-not software.)