The mother of all OS wars is coming - Microsoft vs Google
We all know Google want to rule the world. They've revolutionised online, their research has implications in the real world and they are everywhere. That's not enough for them, though. They want it all, so now they're rolling out the big guns in an attempt to blow Microsoft's dominance of consumer computing out the water.
Google are to launch a new operating system for PCs named after their internet browser, Chrome. As they explain on their blog, Google 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."
Google will initially roll-out the OS for netbook users - the first release is expected in a year's time - with later versions of the system for PC owners. Currently Microsoft dominate the market with Windows OS installed on over 90 per cent of computers. Google also intend to make Chrome OS open-source later in the year, meaning by the time it launches there'll be hundreds of applications and widgets for consumers to use.
Reading through the blog, the only issue is that Google want to integrate all of the Chrome OS experience with the web, as it does currently with Gmail and Google Apps. They're starting from the assumption that the computer is always online - something that Microsoft obviously never considered in 1985 when Windows was first developed.
This assumption makes perfect sense if the majority of consumers use PCs and netbooks for internet browsing and online operations. But what about if a computer doesn't have online access, in the short or long-term? And what about the reliability of Google themselves? Recently there have been Gmail blackouts that have left millions of users unable to access any of their email. Google will no doubt be aware that any OS must have key functionality that doesn't rely on a constant internet connection.
Google may stick it to Microsoft, but then they'll make the world entirely reliant on the net and bring about the End of Days. Look what happened in The Terminator. And The Matrix. And Westworld. You've all been warned.