Google Chrome OS to launch in autumn

Google Chrome OS

Google announced today that Google Chrome OS will debut for free in autumn, and compete directly with Microsoft's Windows operating system. 

Google originally announced the operating system back in July, eventually making a beta available for testing, and will release it free for all users.

Google's vice president of product management Sundar Pichai said "We are working on bringing the device later this fall," at CompuTex Taipei.  "It's something which we are very excited by ... We expect it to reach millions of users on day one," Pichai said.

The latest news at Google is that they are ditching Windows machines for Mac and Linux based operating systems.  The company has allowed employees to purchase new machines running Mac or Linux without approval, but require authority from CIO's for new Windows-based machines.

Google's operating system will be based on the browser, Google Chrome, and will work on web-based applications.  It's still unknown if Google stands a chance in the first few years against Microsoft, but Google stands a chance if hardware vendors adopt the operating system to drop costs.

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Jesus!!! I anyways can not identify with the whole 'web browser as the OS' philosophy for the many reasons stated above. The guy in the video might spend 90% of his time on the internet, but people like me have other things to do than just blog, or read emails.

But, to each their own. It might have its uses somewhere or the other.

What I HATE is the video itself. What a patronizing rant! "STATELESS! That's a big word!" What does the guy in the video think we are? 3 years old? Or dumbf***ks? I thought only Apple was this full of itself, but Jeez! As if spying on everything I do wasn't enough, now Google wants to sound condescending to its end users as well. "Condescending, which is kind of a big word, but Google can remember this : f.offthankyouverymuch"

</end rant>

What google is counting on is that native client will take off in a big way, surplanting win32 as the default API for desktop applications. This would level the OS playing field.

When I can grab any of my games from my shelf and drop the disc in, install and play - i'll consider it. Since it'll never happen, I'll never consider it

XCalvin said,
soon enough all the os's will copy chrome os just like windows and mac

THE DAY THAT HAPPENS IS WHEN I SMASH ALL MY PC/LAPTOPS WITH A HAMMER AND CANCEL MY BROADBAND.

THIS THING IS THE MOST BUTT FUGLY THING I HAVE EVER SEEN. UGLIER THAN A WILLIAM HUNG AND COURTNEY LOVE OFFSPRING.

I hate the tone of that video. The whole fake-casual thing is just...annoying...

More on topic: I think this could be an interesting OS for netbook-type devices, but it hardly competes "directly with Microsoft's Windows operating system."

Best.Vacation.Machine.Ever!!!

This is exactly what I'd want when traveling, on business, on vacation, something simple. Something for checking email, browsing, and keeping tabs on the internet business while away.

Would I use this as my primary machine? Hell no. I'm not designing websites, making web graphics, etc. from a web app. That isn't going to happen.

I think it's funny. 10 years ago I knew a couple of guys who were writing their own functioning OS. I said to them "why isn't there something that runs within a web browser". Now, 10 years later, it's actually a reality. Someone should hire me.

Good for somebody who's life revolves around the..uhm..'internet'. But I have other things to do on my uhm...'computer' that doesn't involve the...uhm..'internet.... =)

compete directly with Microsoft's Windows operating system.

Where, please, did Google state this? As far as I know, Google has never stated publicly that Chrome OS is to compete directly with Windows. Chrome OS was always intended to be lightweight and browser-based, and never expected to be a fully-fledged operating system akin to Windows, MacOS or Linux.

It's still competing with Microsoft, even if they are attempting to redefine what an operating system is. Obviously they've decided that competing head-on is a risky endeavour - understandably, considering the amount of money Microsoft spends developing Windows - and so have opted for a different approach.

Other linux distro are there but many say "why aren't they killin Windows and what will this one do better if not the same?".. well Google has an advantage.. huge company, lots of PR, and best of all, a lot of people already use Google and Chrome. All they need to do is make sure it's user friendly and they could grab a good market share. Let's hope it's not filled with ads all over the place though.. sigh.

People do more with their computer than just web browsing alone you know... When you're somewhere without a stable internet connection you're pretty screwed with this OS as well.

This video is stupid. Googles idea of an operating system is a browser.... what a joke. Yeah, no one else uses their computer for anything in life... Not.

I'm very closing to just dumping my gmail account for livemail/hotmail. I've about had it with Google.

TC17 said,
I'm very closing to just dumping my gmail account for livemail/hotmail. I've about had it with Google.

had it how? I LOVE my Gmail!.

warwagon said,
had it how? I LOVE my Gmail!.

...for no particular stated reason. While we're sharing, I kind of like the color "blue".

"...and compete directly with Microsoft's Windows operating system."

Not Windows, but maybe WebTV and Xbox Live (minus the gaming parts that I use all the time).

A lot of people will find this useful - but it's a bigger threat to companies who target products at users who don't really do much outside of their browser on their machines.

So if anything it will compete directly with other hosted OS technologies and might even draw some attention to them. It might even spawn a rebirth in product spaces like the WebTV - because there will be people who want a competitive alternative to Google.

I just read on a few sites that to use it at all, you have to be connected to the internet. Does that mean if you are in an area with no internet for whatever reason you are locked out of your own files?

SputnikGamer said,
I just read on a few sites that to use it at all, you have to be connected to the internet. Does that mean if you are in an area with no internet for whatever reason you are locked out of your own files?

I don't think it's meant to store files locally. It's all in the cloud so your files will never be on the individual machine.

Good thing no one in google OS world wants to keep their own music (it literally says nothing is saved on the device) and not use streaming.
Oh and I have an iPsomethingorother, that wont work.
So much will not work it will drive people mad, I never look at my pc and think "yeh all I really need is a browser" and thats before we get to the fact my bios has a instaboot copy of firefox with the idea you can load that rather then windows in seconds, I have NEVER used it.... thats how good only a browser is...

"...compete directly with Microsoft's Windows operating system" Sound too good to be true.
But maybe it will be the new "Ubuntu" among linux distributions... Finally some fresh air

6205 said,
"...compete directly with Microsoft's Windows operating system" Sound too good to be true.
But maybe it will be the new "Ubuntu" among linux distributions... Finally some fresh air

Google uses their own version of Ubuntu internally. This isn't it. Chrome OS is supposed to be completely stripped down and works entirely in a browser. I think that they said before that they really aren't targeting desktops or laptops with this. Pretty much exclusively netbooks.

Web applications are just not enough. They will need to support some kind of local applications for developers. Also, I hope that they will be the first to fully have the majority of HTML5 implemented so that developers can make use of the features to make truly desktop like applications. If you think about it Palm did it first to some degree. It has an OS that development likens to Web development.

I'm interested in daulbooting or running it in a virtual machine to play with it.

The problem ChromeOS faces is that the market they would have succeeded in (smartbooks) are kind of dying on the vine. It doesn't help that ChromeOS's tablet possibilities are being cannibalized by Android.

Good point but we have yet to see if something streamlined to do less things will get consumers buying again. Hardware needs to take a new direction. I don't think Netbooks are that appealing, I would rather have a proper laptop. I wonder were Google will be targeting Chrome OS. Probably quite handy in Internet Cafes, would be cheap to run etc. Maybe Schools to some degree. Are they just biding their time till Android matures and converges with Chrome OS to create a bit of both under some new fancy UI. Seems like bits and pieces of a puzzle that need to brought together along with being trimmed of the fat that didn't work.

Edited by coresx, Jun 2 2010, 3:00pm :

WooHoo!!! said,
Good point but we have yet to see if something streamlined to do less things will get consumers buying again.

Well, in a way we have that now. You have the instant-on options that PC vendors like Asus and Dell use where you can skip booting into the full-blown OS and instead boot into a minimalist linux-based system for basic browsing (Express Gate) or media playback (MediaDirect). Thing is, how many people who have these limited options actually ever use them on a regular basis?

This is just one of many steps in getting to the cloud. This may be a big step depending on how much faster Chrome is with Chrome OS, and how fast web apps work. At that point it's up to the hardware manufactures to push the market.

generko said,
Chrome OS is actually not bad. Its battery life would be probably last longer than windows laptop i assume.

Considering that they are pushing out netbooks now that are pushing the 10-hour battery life mark and that Chrome OS will have such a light footprint.... You could almost run it all day on a single charge.

And over which OS will run the browser? Unless they also provide Chrome as an OS install, this means nothing. I've seen this kind of "OS"s since the 2000...

CheloXL said,
And over which OS will run the browser? Unless they also provide Chrome as an OS install, this means nothing. I've seen this kind of "OS"s since the 2000...

I don't think your getting it completely, it's just Chrome web browser on top of a linux kernel.

thealexweb said,

I don't think your getting it completely, it's just Chrome web browser on top of a linux kernel.

So, the OS will be Linux. It's been a long time since I used Linux, but the last time, for anything you want drawn on screen in a window you needed XWindow (with any enhancement you want later, like KDE, Enlightment, Gnome, etc). So, it is a standard linux distribution that will automatically runs Chrome and automatically launch GoogleOS... nice joke as for an OS...

Edited by CheloXL, Jun 2 2010, 5:20pm :

CheloXL said,

So, the OS will be Linux. It's been a long time since I used Linux, but the last time, for anything you want drawn on screen in a window you needed XWindow (with any enhancement you want later, like KDE, Enlightment, Gnome, etc). So, it is a standard linux distribution that will automatically runs Chrome and automatically launch GoogleOS... nice joke as for an OS...

Just for your information, you don't require X to have a graphical system. There are other graphical foundations that exist, and new ones can be built.

So, what we may be looking at here is a small kernel, running a different (non-X) window system, and apps run primarily via an HTTP connection.

Not quite the same as Ubuntu with Chrome browser auto-started.

Just thought you would like to know before jumping to more conclusions.

excalpius said,
+100. "Hmm, I actually want to do something now..." reboot to windows!

-1000

Most people don't actually do anything with their computers. All this processing power we have is being wasted. The general population just need browsing and word processing capabilities.

jOshay said,

-1000

Most people don't actually do anything with their computers. All this processing power we have is being wasted. The general population just need browsing and word processing capabilities.


That may be, but for the ones that actually care for their computer, there is no reason to use Chrome, and unless Google does the same as MS is doing, they wont get much market share... besides the Google fanboys..
And if Google is going to do the hardware>OS deals as MS, they will be worse then MS anyways, with not actually better products.. And i rather keep 'full' functionability of my mobile, instead of just beeing able to run a bunch of webbased stuff.
most cusual users like to play an installed game, have to use office/school software (which is basicly always windows only)
besides the google fanboys, i really dont see ChromeOS becomming a competitor of even linux... Debian (and ubuntu) outrun ChromeOS's capabilities by miles, and they can let your mobile last longer then windows on a battery aswell.

Oh and you do know you can easily slim down WinXP and Win7 even allot better to NOT use any resources you don't need? in Win7 MS even helps you to really increase battery life for Win7 OS's..
Laptop im using goes on for 7~8 hours easy, and im keeping it fairly speedy, have made it to 11 hours slimming it down a bunch, and theres more to wreck out of it (altho i got a bigger battery then normal in it, about 1.5 times bigger, so meh even so, good battery lifes for a win7 machine)
and i cant see the average user actually needing more then 10 hours of battery life anyways

Struggling to see the point of using this.

Needs some slick, cheap device that is actually really cool for messing about with rather than booting up the laptop or PC. Even then, doesn't sway me that much. Will wait and see what it's like.

WooHoo!!! said,
Struggling to see the point of using this.

Needs some slick, cheap device that is actually really cool for messing about with rather than booting up the laptop or PC. Even then, doesn't sway me that much. Will wait and see what it's like.

I can definitely see where Google is going with this. Matter-of-fact, Im betting everything will be this way in the future but my problem with it is Google.

People forget that Google lives off of your information and if you store all your personal information in Google's cloud whose to say their little gBots won't be scanning your docs for references to queries from other Googlers?

Its the same problem people are having with Facebook now and with Google recently getting caught collecting wifi data that they shouldn't have been collecting.

I think that the OS is evolving into what Google is about to launch but will I trust Google or any other company to host my personal documents and never spy on me?......not for a second!

NPGMBR said,
I can definitely see where Google is going with this. Matter-of-fact, Im betting everything will be this way in the future but my problem with it is Google.

People forget that Google lives off of your information and if you store all your personal information in Google's cloud whose to say their little gBots won't be scanning your docs for references to queries from other Googlers?

Its the same problem people are having with Facebook now and with Google recently getting caught collecting wifi data that they shouldn't have been collecting.

I think that the OS is evolving into what Google is about to launch but will I trust Google or any other company to host my personal documents and never spy on me?......not for a second!

+1

Jediweasel said,
I have a Motion Tablet just itchin' to try this.

That's silly! This is clearly not a tablet-ready OS. How could anyone possibly stand having to poke the small primary launcher icon tucked away in the corner of the screen?

/90% of Win7 tablet criticisms

mmyon said,
"and compete directly with Microsoft's Windows operating system" Like other linux distros. Sure .

exactly.. I don't see any type of competition... if anything Ubuntu is more flexible than this "OS in a browser" model... I don't see the point in it to tell you the truth

chisss said,

exactly.. I don't see any type of competition... if anything Ubuntu is more flexible than this "OS in a browser" model... I don't see the point in it to tell you the truth

Yeah I know what you mean, but Ubuntu or any other distro doesn't have Google's backing like this does.

Pauleh said,

Yeah I know what you mean, but Ubuntu or any other distro doesn't have Google's backing like this does.

Um, not sure how "Google's backing" is going to solve the dearth of high end applications for Linux, or the games issue, or...

Honestly, you're going to be able to browse the web, use web based mail and applications, and run widgets and Google apps level office programs...and well, that's about it, isn't it?

Oh and it'll all be wrapped up in a 1980's level crayon on white interface.

Hardly a compelling alternative to Windows 7...or even a niche OS like OS X for that matter.

Edited by excalpius, Jun 2 2010, 3:43pm :

chisss said,

exactly.. I don't see any type of competition... if anything Ubuntu is more flexible than this "OS in a browser" model... I don't see the point in it to tell you the truth

Maybe you don't personally, but many of us do.

AWBrian said,

Maybe you don't personally, but many of us do.

and that's fine, I'm just expressing my opinion. I just don't think it will compete with anything. maybe mobile OS's but that's about it.
no need to take it at heart

Edited by chisss, Jun 2 2010, 5:20pm :

chisss said,

and that's fine, I'm just expressing my opinion. I just don't think it will compete with anything. maybe mobile OS's but that's about it.
no need to take it at heart

None taken. I plan on converting all my PC's to Chrome OS once it is released (assuming that is an option). I will only convert ONCE I have tried it and experienced it first to make sure it's what I want.

AWBrian said,

None taken. I plan on converting all my PC's to Chrome OS once it is released (assuming that is an option). I will only convert ONCE I have tried it and experienced it first to make sure it's what I want.


haha and then you have no internet connection and your PC's are completely worthless :')

thealexweb said,
I may use it on my netbook if it can dualboot with windows 7.
That actually sounds like a very good idea... If you can use Chrome OS most of the time (which I'm guessing should give lots better battery life) and switch to Win7 when you need to do more...

Although, if you have to go through an OS select screen, it'll take away from one of Google's purposes in making this: a lot faster boot time than a full OS.

Edited by Beaux, Jun 2 2010, 7:56pm :

thealexweb said,
I may use it on my netbook if it can dualboot with windows 7.

Asus (at least on their mobos), have a version of Linux (they call it express gate) that gets installed and is triggered at the POST screen. So basically, you boot the machine and have the choice between Express Gate or boot to your OS. Once in Express Gate, you can get to the web, skype and a few other things. Its pretty neat.

It would be a nice thing if you could dual boot between Google OS & Windows OS. I am sure someone will figure how to get Google OS to boot from a usb stick, so when you want instant access, just pop in your usb stick.

Northgrove said,
Hmm, with Google's milestone schedule, sounds like Google Chrome 6 will be intended to ship with Chrome OS, then.

Nah 6 will be finished long before then, it'll be 7 probably.

thealexweb said,

Nah 6 will be finished long before then, it'll be 7 probably.


I don't see how that'll be possible, with a ~3 month release schedule for major releases. It won't be a finished version 7 in that case, and it doesn't sound right to do that.

Edited by Northgrove, Jun 2 2010, 3:48pm :

Which btw has not been confirmed by Google, or MS, or ANYONE outside of an anonymous source at the Financial Times...hardly a technological expert publication...ahem.

Firethorne said,
And here is the real reason for Google's recent Microsoft bashing.

This is a completely different system for different hardware, not laptop/desktop machines.