Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 12th Jul 2009 14:03 UTC
Google Even though everyone's talking about it, fact of the matter is that Google's Chrome OS is currently nothing more than an internet announcement, with a supposed release date of somewhere in 2010. Google chief executive Eric Schmidt has now stated that netbooks running Chrome OS could appear as early as this year. In addition, Schmidt also talked about his position at Apple's board of directors.
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RE[4]: can't wait
by sbergman27 on Sun 12th Jul 2009 21:52 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: can't wait"
sbergman27
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2005-07-24

How about getting a computer on every desk, in every home? I find that a pretty big innovation.

I dispute that one, for sure. It's hard to imagine an alternate history in which that did *not* happen. Once IBM released the IBM PC as an open hardware platform it was pretty much a given. And IBM's decision to let MS hold the ownership of DOS guaranteed that Microsoft would be the one to ride that wave. (All that is in retrospect, of course. But it looks pretty obvious now.) Maybe, in later years, they've had some innovative *business practices* which helped them do that. But even there, companies like Standard Oil probably hold prior art.

If they had been really, really stupid, they could have failed to ride the wave. I'll give them that much.

But it is ever-falling hardware prices which have resulted in the ubiquity of PC's. That and the Internet... the significance of which MS actually managed to miss until late in the game.

Edited 2009-07-12 22:01 UTC

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RE[5]: can't wait
by cjcoats on Mon 13th Jul 2009 15:35 in reply to "RE[4]: can't wait"
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2006-04-16

Imagine if DEC hadn't seriously dropped the ball when Apple wanted to use the Alpha for the Mac (instead of its eventual PPC). And imagine if _that_ had been an open hardware platform.
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But I'm dreaming...

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