Google is trying to trade in on their marginal browser success, Google Chrome, with the announcement that they are going to develop, release, and market a new operating system, Google Chrome OS.
An admirable project to say the least, with touted goals such as security and performance. This is really the next step in Google’s quest to turn the PC into what really amounts to a thin client to the web. For some, that will be great. For those whose focus at a PC is on using the Web for email, twitter, blogs, weather, and local/world news, this may end up being a great platform for them.
As far as applications go – the kind that actually need the raw power of a CPU and GPU – games, image editing, video editing, and software development tools – someone who uses these kinds of applications will likely find this new Google OS…wanting. At least the first iterations of it.
As I said, the Google OS is an admirable project. Challenging the status quo with regard computer operating systems will likely result in new ideas and innovations. That being said – I think Google is a little premature in what they would like to accomplish with this. That also being said, I’m more than willing to “eat crow” and be proven wrong.