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Google Announces Its New Operating System

Posted by on Jul 8, 2009

Of course the rumors were always out there, at least for the last year, so when Google announced to day that they were coming out with their own operating system, some people were surprised, but many people who dabble online were wondering just what they thought they were doing.

This might end up being a good OS, but who’s going to know? Unlike Microsoft, it’s hard to imagine that Google will be able to convince a lot of computer makers to switch to their new OS just because they’re Google. Some might be inclined to try if it’s free, which it just might be, but it’s not going to gain a lot of attention initially, if at all.

Still, they had to do it, just as Microsoft feels they have to try to get into the search market stronger with their latest effort (how many is this now?), Bing (does anyone else ever want to break out into a song when they see that?). But one has to wonder what the ulterior motives of it all is.

Yeah, I’m sounding like a conspiracy guy, but let’s look at this for a minute. First they come out with Google Apps, which mimic all the Microsoft Office products only it’s a free online service. However, you store all your records on Google’s servers; do we really know that they don’t have the capability to scan all those records and do something with all that information?

Then they do an end-round on Firefox by developing their own browser, which they say will be faster than any other and work better with Google since they developed it. Mozilla supposedly really didn’t know until late that Google was working on the project, and when they found out, along with the rest of us, we all questioned what the relationship would be with the Mozilla Foundation, whom Google used to fund; they still might.

To date, Microsoft is still leading on office products (by the way, who else asks themselves why Microsoft has both Office and Works, yet they’re not compatible with each other?), and Mozilla is still holding a strong second. Truthfully, I think Chrome is still down around 5th, but don’t quote me on that one. I don’t know all that much about Google Apps to be able to talk about why Microsoft is still killing them when it’s free, but I do know about Firefox enough to talk about it.

Firefox is the bomb because of all the add-ons you can attach to it, which can do so many things. Neither IE nor Chrome nor Opera or anyone else can make that claim. Sure, even with the new Firefox 3.5, which I like, we all know that Firefox isn’t the fastest browser out there; Opera has always made that claim in the past (turns out that lately it might not be true). But it’s the most customizable, therefore the most fun and the most productive.

So, what about the Chrome OS? It’s best feature might be that there won’t be any viruses for it for a long time. The worst features is that, from what I’m hearing, it might not work with any of the Microsoft products on the market right now, and it’s unsure how they’ll work with other products. Sure, there’s Google Apps, but it’s not universally used, so at some point you need more in an OS than being able to tell people to load it, then go online to do everything. And, just to mention this, but right now it’s only for notebooks.

All that, and then there was this article from PC World titled 5 Ways Microsoft Will Bring the Hurt to Google Chrome OS that’s an interesting read. Microsoft isn’t just sitting around waiting for Google to catch up.

I’m certainly not the biggest Microsoft fan out there, especially when it comes to Vista, but one has to acknowledge that Microsoft is firmly entrenched in our computer lives, and we’d really be in a lot of mess if we had to deal with another operating system that has limits to what it can allow us to use and do.

It should be an interesting battle over the next five years.

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Deneil Merritt:

Google is surely far behind in the notebook game but their are a few things that will help boost them into this business. If they price the notebook right, will buy just for the fact there will be no viruses. This will boost the use of Chrome. I will give google 5 to 10 years and they will take over the notebook business.

As I said before, google is becoming the company like on movies. They do what they want and is always unknown until they want it to be known.
.-= Deneil Merritt´s last blog ..Are You Sick Of Seeing Me Everywhere? =-.

July 9th, 2009 | 12:14 PM
Mitch:

Well Deneil, Google isn’t making the notebooks, just the OS, so we’ll have to see if those companies that make notebooks will go for it. After all, they never have gone for Linux.

July 9th, 2009 | 2:38 PM
Deneil Merritt:

Oh ok that make sense. I don’t think I ever seen a notebook or desktop with Linux.

I am sure google knows how to get good with companies like dell, hp, etc.
.-= Deneil Merritt´s last blog ..How To Use Article Marketing To Promote Your Blog =-.

July 9th, 2009 | 3:29 PM
Mitch:

Actually, don’t be too sure Google knows how to play nice with others. It certainly hasn’t been their pattern; usually they either create something similar or just buy what they want. Remember, Google’s been laying people off also, so they don’t have unlimited funds to get away with whatever they want to anymore.

July 10th, 2009 | 8:33 AM
Bob:

Google won’t do anything that will make them look bad. I mean, we know they’re the best search engine, most people love things like Gmail and Google Docs, and the biggest knock on Chrome is that it’s not firefox. Their OS should make quite an impact.

July 9th, 2009 | 3:52 PM
Mitch:

We’ll see, Bob. As for Google not doing things that make them look bad, remember Froogle?

July 10th, 2009 | 8:34 AM
wilhb81:

Mitch, talking about the Vista, I have many “unforgettable memory”, and mostly are the bad ones!

By the way, would you try out the new Google’s Chrome Operating System?

July 10th, 2009 | 7:43 AM
Mitch:

Probably not. For the same reason I haven’t tried out Apple’s OS; I know Windows too well already, whether I always like it or not.

July 10th, 2009 | 8:35 AM

hi Mitch,
Call me paranoid too, but I don’t think it’s a good idea for a single company to control the search engine, browser, and OS markets, whether or not they are a “do no evil” company. I love google (search), but I hope Firefox dominates, and I’d rather see a new company develop the next big OS.
~ Steve, the paranoid trade show guru
PS. I didn’t even know that google was coming out with an OS. Thanks for sharing that! 🙂
.-= Trade Show Guru´s last blog ..Spam My Blog – Win a Free Link =-.

July 10th, 2009 | 11:04 AM
Mitch:

Glad to help bring you up to speed, Steve. And I’m with you, I don’t want to see any one company dominating everything either. Microsoft needed some competition, which is a good thing, but I don’t want them losing the lead for market share. Maybe coming down a few pegs with some real competition will make them concentrate more on stability than how pretty something is, which I wouldn’t be depressed about one bit.

July 10th, 2009 | 11:28 AM

I’m not sure they will succeed. Not only do they have to have an operating system, but what about all the software that goes with it? I can’t see any business taking it on, and that is a large part of the market.

Perhaps if their system ran all the Microsoft stuff they would have a slim chance.
.-= Sire´s last blog ..Getting Paid For Reviews That Have The No Follow Attribute =-.

July 10th, 2009 | 10:02 PM
Mitch:

That was my thought, Sire. It’s interesting that they’ve started with the netbooks, isn’t it?

July 10th, 2009 | 10:38 PM
The Gooroo @ Finance Advisory Stop:

I think Google could take over in a reasonable amount of time. Certainly, it would take many years, but they could do it. They took over the Search Engine business — looks like Operating Systems might be next.
.-= The Gooroo @ Finance Advisory Stop´s last blog ..What Keeps You Blogging? =-.

July 10th, 2009 | 11:09 PM
Mitch:

I don’t know, Gooroo. I’m expecting the backlash to begin pretty good against Google. No one is ever comfortable when one entity gets too big.

July 11th, 2009 | 8:13 AM
The Gooroo @ Finance Advisory Stop:

Good point Mitch. I guess the only way we will know for sure is to wait and see.
.-= The Gooroo @ Finance Advisory Stop´s last blog ..What Keeps You Blogging? =-.

July 11th, 2009 | 1:13 PM
sandrin:

this new OS is a bomb 😀 tremble windows tremble 😀
.-= sandrin´s last blog ..Let’s Know About : Happy Birthday MOM (L) . =-.

July 17th, 2009 | 3:18 PM
Mitch:

Sandrin, for some reason I don’t think Microsoft is hearing any footsteps walking up behind them. At least in public they don’t, as I heard the Microsoft CEO laughed when asked the question the other day.

July 17th, 2009 | 10:21 PM