I will finish the second part to the previous post still, but this was too interesting not to post.
So I got wind that Google Chrome OS is in development. As I don’t read the geekiest online resources these days, this might be old news for some. But I heard it today so I’m posting today.
It’s been an exciting nine months since we launched the Google Chrome browser. Already, over 30 million people use it regularly. We designed Google Chrome for people who live on the web — searching for information, checking email, catching up on the news, shopping or just staying in touch with friends. However, the operating systems that browsers run on were designed in an era where there was no web. So today, we’re announcing a new project that’s a natural extension of Google Chrome — the Google Chrome Operating System. It’s our attempt to re-think what operating systems should be.
Google Chrome OS is an open source, lightweight operating system that will initially be targeted at netbooks. Later this year we will open-source its code, and netbooks running Google Chrome OS will be available for consumers in the second half of 2010. Because we’re already talking to partners about the project, and we’ll soon be working with the open source community, we wanted to share our vision now so everyone understands what we are trying to achieve.
Interesting. If you had told me 5 years ago Google was going to build an OS I would have said fat chance. But every year Google seems to astonish me a little more. Since Google became huge I’ve been a little unsure of there intention. As they slowly grew to be one of (if not THE) largest search engine, they started branching to explore other areas. Some of their first projects were a bit lack luster to me, but I would say this past year has made me appreciate their efforts a little more.
Apparently they are trying to build a web-based OS, if I’m reading correctly. Interesting. I am looking forward to toying with this.