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What is Google’s Chrome OS?

Google Has finally announced at this month’s Google I/O conference that Chrome OS is ready for prime time and will be available in June through Acer and Samsung.

Chrome is Not just a browser anymore

Google’s Chrome browser took off like a flash and has gained market share each quarter since its debut. But now, the Chrome OS is taking on a life all of its own, separate from the browser that it is based on.

Google began developing the Chrome OS as an alternative to desktop-based operating systems. A desktop OS like Windows requires a high-end processor, lots of RAM, and large hard drives .

Google focused on what a browser-based operating system would look like. Using the open source Linux operating system as a foundation, the Chromium project began working the Chrome browser into the operating system itself, eliminating a traditional desktop along the way. More akin to a tablet’s home screen than a desktop, the Chrome OS takes advantage of cloud computing in a way no other major operating system ever has.


Pie in the sky

Cloud computing, in its simplest terms, runs applications and saves files using resources accessed through the internet rather than stored on your hard drive.

In addition to being synced with your Google account, giving you easy access to your Gmail, Chrome OS also integrates easily with other services such as Google Docs.

Updates, security, and other non-issues

Another interesting aspect of Chrome OS is that system updates are automatically executed and downloaded in the background, so you don’t have to worry about anything. According to Google, this kind of automatic maintenance means a computer running Chrome (or a “Chromebook”) will actually speed up rather than slow down, over time.

In addition, Google’s behind-the-scenes browser security, pop-up blocking, and Gmail spam filter make it smooth sailing when it comes to navigating the dangerous seas of the internet. Indeed, there is no need for anti-virus or anti-spyware when you’re using Chrome OS, because any apps that you can access all come from the Web Store, where Google has recently began monitoring and ejecting malware.

The future of computing

The Chrome OS definitely shows thinking outside of the traditional box. But will the Chromebook be a viable competitor somewhere between a tablet device and a netbook or even a laptop? That still remains to be seen.

its integrated cloud computing. With the infrastructure for that element already in place and users already using these web apps, Google has a built-in user base of potential customers for the Chromebook. With the same wifi + 3G option as the Cr-48’s beta test device, you can literally take cloud computing practically anywhere.

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