Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 7th Dec 2010 22:44 UTC
Google Google held a Chrome event today, and the rumours had suggested we might see the launch of Chrome OS today. This turned out to be nonsense, and in all honesty, the entire event didn't really deliver much in the form of new information. The Chrome Web Store has been opened, and the first Chrome OS netbooks will arrive in the middle of 2011.
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by Hieper on Wed 8th Dec 2010 10:13 UTC
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I can see the potential of this product, but there are problems.

It's not going to replace desktop computers, but it will make life / computing easier for a vast number of users. My father only ever uses two programs on his laptop: a browser and an e-mail client. He can move to ChromeOS and never have to worry about updates and backups again. Or think about classrooms. I bet schools can save a lot on IT management by choosing ChromeOS. In a connected world, ChromeOS can even be a worthy (and working...) alternative to the OLPC initiative.

The downside? Well, the problem is that 'web applications' are generally VERY BAD.... (By application I mean a program that is used to create something, not a general web site like YouTube or Amazon that is meant for consumption only -- I think this distinction is important). Much as I am not fond of MS Office on the desktop, I really hate Google Docs and I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy.

Google states 'we have no SDK', which translates to 'we have no unified UI'. This will make it harder for novice users to use ChromeOS -- a hotchpotch of web apps -- and will make it harder to market the system because there is no visual unity. This is compounded by the fact that Google seems to let engineers do most of the marketing, like some episode of Dilbert gone wrong. Few potential customers will be fooled, let alone enticed by this presentation.

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