The mother of all OS wars is coming - Microsoft vs Google

8 July 2009

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.

TOPICS:   Technology


  • numberwang
    Going to be interesting to see who adopts it because, the macfags love doing what they do the PC users are getting all exited about win7 (xp with a vista style skin) the linux users are just going to keep hacking each other
  • numberwang
    so who's going to use it? especially when google has the annoying habit of retaining personal information and kinda accidentally selling, i mean 'sharing' it with other companies and the US government. don't believe me? ever wonder why they encourage you to not delete emails on G-mail, by giving you seemingly infinite storage space all free of charge? quote from google: "Gmail is an experiment in a new kind of webmail, built on the idea that you should never have to delete mail…Use Google search to find the exact message you want, no matter when it was sent or received. Don’t throw anything away. Over 2753.300749 megabytes (and counting) of free storage so you’ll never need to delete another message." While Google proudly proclaims it will never delete its users personal information, and asserts its right to commercially exploit such personal data, tech savvy Internet users willingly feed the Google personal data mining engine daily.
  • Carlos J.
    C'mon could it be any worse than Microshite after all :)
  • gav
    i think this will appeal to people like me who feel that gmail is better than msn/hotmail, google talk is better than msn messenger/aol im, chrome is better than ie/firefox and who like free, open source things
  • Pete
    To all those who hammer microsoft, I say this...We would be no-where near where we are without them. The reason they dominate the market is becasue they get the job done. I agree with, google talk and expecially chrome are excellent. But I'm very reluctant to put my support into a Windows rival, especially one limited in the ways described above...but then again, if the price is may appeal to some, but the many will stick to Windows. The end of days will have to wait :P
  • Adam
    Microsoft are good but so far, stuff that Google has made has been better than that of microsoft (chrome, gmail etc) and therefore replaced them (in my mind) so if they continue as they have been then chrome OS is likely to be very successful. +or instead of using computers you could all take up extreme unicycling ++gav smells

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