At Google’s I/O 2011 conference, Google co-founder Sergey Brin has used harsh words to criticize Microsoft’s Windows operating system, outlining why Google is tackling Microsoft in the heavily one-sided OS market. Captured by GeekWire during a press conference, Brin said:
I don’t think there’s anything inherently wrong with Windows … Windows 7 has some great security features. With Microsoft, and other operating system vendors, I think the complexity of managing your computer is really torturing users … It’s torturing everyone in this room. It’s a flawed model fundamentally.
Through this Brin is likening the Windows Update process to torture – bold words considering how easy the process is to grasp, especially if you select automatic updates. This is of course an exaggerated comparison between the Windows way of updates and the Chrome OS way, the latter of which is promising seamless and essentially invisible OS updates, removing consumers from the process of updating the OS all together.
At the Google I/O Day 2 keynote Google announced the Chromebook; a mobile device such as a laptop that runs Google Chrome OS. Two Chromebooks have been announced for a June 15 pre-order date, with I/O attendees being given one when they are available. Google also announced a subscription package, allowing businesses to rent Chromebooks for $28 per month, or $20 in a school environment.
Also, this isn’t the first time Google has tried to present Chrome OS as the superior operating system stating in November last year that 60% of businesses could immediately replace their Windows-based systems with Chrome OS machines.