Google has just announced Google Chrome OS on its official blog. It promises to be simple, fast and secure like all the other Google products like search, mail and Gtalk.
Chrome OS will actually be Chrome browser running within a new windowing system on top of a Linux kernel. Also since this will be an Open-Source OS, anybody will be able to download and play with the sourcecode of the OS.
Initially Google OS will only be available for netbooks
but I guess later it will be made available for PCs as well. Netbooks running Google OS are expected to hit the market in second half of 2010.
Google also promises that its OS will boot faster, will be free from viruses, won’t require you to spend time configuring hardwares or downloading updates. Your data will always be backed up automatically so you don’t loose your data ever.
All the web-based applications will automatically work on Google OS, so you just need to write a web application in your favourite web-technology and it will run on Google OS.
Image used in this post is not official release from Google, its sourced from maximumpc.com
Google released beta version of its open source web-browser last week. The browser is called Chrome and those interested in contributing to it or having a look at its code can head here.
First thing which I noticed in Chrome is that it is simple and straight-forward like most of other Google Products/Website. So there is no menu bar, no toolbar and tabs utilise conventional title bar area. All this leaves you with more browsing space, which I think is really innovative.
Chrome uses code from other browsers like Apple’s Safari and Mozilla Firefox so you find many useful features from other browsers already present in Chrome. Chrome is loaded with many interesting and useful features like:
- Floating tabs – You can drag and rearrenge tabs, convert tab into window and move tabs between multiple Chrome windows.
- Tab does not crash Browser – Since tabs run in separate memory process of their own, if one tab crashes, it does not take the whole browser and other tabs down with it. What a relief 🙂
- Incognito Mode – If you don’t want to leave trace of your browsing in history, cookies etc, you have the Incognito window to help you out.
- Application Shortcuts – With the increasing use of many websites as applications, you can create their Shortcuts on your desktop so when you want to open them next time, you can just double-click on their icons and they will open like an application installed on your desktop. You need to try it to really understand how useful this feature is.
For a complete understanding of all the features please visit this link
and to read Google’s official reason on why they chose to do a browser, click here