Big News From Google!

Here is some very important news about Google that will likely have huge implications in the technology field. Google announced last night that it will release the open source code for their new operating system (OS) called Google Chrome OS this year.

It will be an “extension” of its Chrome search engine, and it will be geared towards portable netbooks, and it is anticipated that the new OS will also be available for desktops. (Netbooks are basic laptops built for email and internet access. The software is minimal and relies on the ability for cloud computing), a process in which most work is done online instead of the computer).

This is one of the first times (with Google’s Android Phone in mind) that Google has launched itself into the operating system business, and it is a direct challenge to Microsoft who has traditionally held the majority of sales in this area with Netbooks (90% according to PC World). Linux has been a distant alternative competitor for operating systems. The sales of PCs & laptops have been lagging over the past year and a half, but sales of the netbooks have been soaring according to Pricegrabber.com.

The main goals that Google aims to achieve are, “speed, simplicity and security.”

We hear a lot from our users and their message is clear — computers need to get better. People want to get to their email instantly, without wasting time waiting for their computers to boot and browsers to start up. They want their computers to always run as fast as when they first bought them. They want their data to be accessible to them wherever they are and not have to worry about losing their computer or forgetting to back up files. Even more importantly, they don’t want to spend hours configuring their computers to work with every new piece of hardware, or have to worry about constant software updates.

This will provide additional competition in this area, and since the code is open source perhaps this OS will provide better security. From the Google news announcement, they are “going back to the basics and completely redesigning the underlying security architecture of the OS so that users don’t have to deal with viruses, malware and security updates. It should just work.”

Read original Google news release.

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About repplinger

John has served as a Reference Librarian at Willamette University since 2002. He is the liaison to the Science Departments, and is responsible for maintaining the collections related to the life & physical sciences. His research interests range over the entire spectrum of libraries and information sciences, but includes: - Google and its influence on information & society - The Internet's influence on information seeking & sharing behaviors - Trends of scholarly communication - Electronic learning environments - Traditional pedagogy - GIS use in academic libraries

Posted on July 8, 2009, in Google, Microsoft, Technology and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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