For nearly two decades, Windows and Mac OS have dominated the PC operating system market. Microsoft Windows began with Windows 1.0, one year after introduced Mac OS 1984 with the original Macintosh. Users are dull about the familiar two PC operating systems and eager to something new. Chrome OS comes just in time. Will it be the Terminator for Windows, iPad and Google's own Android?
Google Chrome OS is a forthcoming Linux-based, open source operating system to work exclusively with web applications. It first announced on July 7, 2009, and was originally intended be publicly available as a stable release inspired by the growing popularity and lower power consumption of netbooks and the focus of these small laptops on Internet access.
The search giant Google, is a company known for its forward-thinking. Chrome OS is designed to specifically target the Internet generation which can be envisaged as a super web environment where life activities such as work and play are seamlessly integrated. The corn idea of the operating system inspired by the fact that web browsing is taking up most of users' computer time. Why not make it the focus of computing? Chrome OS is an attempt to transform your local computer into a global entity, active and fully connected.
Cloud model operating system's Advantages and Disadvantages
Chrome OS is widely considered as the first operating system running purely on a cloud model, where web applications are floating and are interconnected through the internet, allowing faster operations for the computer system.
One of the major advantages of Chrome OS is its impressive speed. The startup time for Chrome OS is expected to be in seconds rather than minutes due to no local program loading. Different from the traditional Windows operation system which takes up most of the system's resources, Google's new operating system Chrome OS is designed to be light-weight. Chrome OS makes it possible that all computing activities can be conducted online. User's data and applications will be stored at dedicated servers instead of saved locally. Users will have anytime access to their data and programs. This will ultimately eliminate useless system processes, reduce memory usage, and remove the need for a robust hard disk