What will be the effect of Google’s new Chrome Operating system on website promotion efforts? The simple answer to this question is that it probably will have little or no effect. Google’s search engine rules and methods will not change appreciably under a new operating system. What will be the impact of a new Chrome Operating System on the computing world? It may significantly affect the type of computer you buy in the future. It may also have a significant effect on Microsoft, and this is why.
We have yet to see low-cost netbooks hit the market, but we may see sub $ 200.00 netbooks shortly. We already see cell phones with multi-function capability, namely the Internet and e-mail capability, and this trend will likely continue. We probably will also see hybrid devices that are not quite a computer but more than a cell phone.
To keep the price of netbooks and hybrid devices as low as possible, it will be necessary to eliminate the software’s cost. The only practical way to do this is to use Open Source software with this appliance computer. It is impossible to bundle any of Microsoft’s operating systems or Office Productivity software at such a low price. Windows plus any other software piece is already over $ 200.00 retail, even in OEM versions.
Linux is an alternative, but it doesn’t quite measure up to Windows regarding usability and user-friendliness. It has been around for quite a while. Although servers run Linux quite effectively, Linux has not shown its strength as a personal computer operating system as it has as a network operating system. Google Chrome sits on top of a Linux kernel, but it is not Linux itself, but something new.
Suppose you think about how many computers are used mainly to access the Internet, read e-mail, and for some simple office-related task. In that case, that accounts for a huge number of computers, easily fifty percent or more of the PCs in use right now. Microsoft products dominate this market today, but 5 or 10 years from now, there may be a much different-looking landscape in personal computers. There are computers in libraries, schools, second and third-family computers at home, Internet cafes, and guest computers in offices that have no compelling reason to run Windows or other Microsoft software. (Sorry, Microsoft, but that’s how I see it).
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It is these types of shared computers that would benefit the most from a Google Chrome Operating System. Especially if this kind of computer could be made to access the Internet faster, start nearly immediately on boot-up, and run online applications more quickly than the equivalent software running under Windows, wouldn’t it be a choice to opt for the free (and quicker) alternative?
The keys to the success of this new operating system are threefold.
1) It must run an Internet browser and applications faster than Windows.
2) It must be more stable than Windows. This means it must have bulletproof security. This is a tall order for any operating system, but it should have built-in protection against viruses, spyware, and other intrusions. This could easily be the key differentiation between Windows and Chrome. Windows has had (and continues to have) so many security vulnerabilities. It should be a top priority for Chrome.
3) It should run the widest possible array of software programs. Google has done a good job of providing internet applications until now, but there needs to be a Chrome (or online) application to match or nearly match most of the software that currently runs on Windows. Chrome will not go head-to-head with Windows across the software spectrum, but the wider the choice of Internet-based software available, the more success Chrome will enjoy. It is not intended to be a network server operating system in the same way that a Windows server is, but just the operating system of choice for computers connected to the Internet.
Google is probably the only company in the world with the resources to develop and maintain an operating system like Chrome. On the other hand, since it is open-source, Google may be content to manage from the sidelines and eventually let the Open Source community take it over. Note: At least that way, Google may not be tempted to have sponsored links on your screen as you work. (lol – sorry, Google)
It is true that Google, as a company, cares little about how you access the Internet. In other words, they are computer hardware and operating system neutral. Of course, I’m sure Google’s management and software engineers will be smiling ear to ear if they can compete head-to-head with Microsoft (Google’s main search rival) on Microsoft’s home turf of the PC operating system. Nothing would be sweeter for Google than to have Google Chrome enjoy a resounding success in the marketplace. Google has everything to gain, the more computers there are on the Internet, and nothing to lose.
According to the Official Google Blog, we must wait until the second half of 2010 to see Google Chrome. The most significant beneficiaries of Google Chrome may be third-world computer users. The dream of a $ 100.00 computer is not yet a reality, and remember that 75 % of the world’s population does not yet have e-mail.
The availability of free computer operating systems and software is essential to close the gap between haves and have-nots in this world. Therefore, this author proposes that Google Chrome becomes the operating system of choice for many of the world’s PCs and helps to hasten the day when the vast majority of the world’s people have access to computers and the Internet.