"Google to Challenge Microsoft with Operating System" read a recent Bloomberg News headline. But will you support it?
Microsoft has dominated the personal computer operating system market since the mid 1980s, fending off any number of potential competitors. It appears that Google will be the next major competitor that will attempt to bring Microsoft down a few notches when it makes available a version of its own operating system, one that will be based on its Chrome Web browser.
The Bloomberg article goes on to report, "The system will be designed at first for low-cost laptops called netbooks, Google said in a blog post. The company is in talks with partners on the project and computers running the software will be available in the second half of 2010."
Google’s Chrome operating system is being created for people who spend most of their time on the Web, which is consistent with Google's efforts to market other on-line applications, and it generates more on-line advertizing revenue for itself. I'm sure the new operating system will be welcomed by the open-source folks, since Google will make the program code open to developers. It will also work on top of the Linux operating system.
Google will likely remain the number-one Web search engine for a long time, while Microsoft's engine is probably destined to remain a distant third. But Google has a long way to go before it can cut into a significant portion of Microsoft's operating system market. Whether or not they succeed is probably up to the users and those of us who support them. Google might try to build a better mouse trap, or at least an alternative one, but if people don’t beat a path to its door to use it, Google's operating system might be destined to be yet another who tried.
How about you? Will you use and support Google's operating system? Take the poll. And please leave your thoughts and comments in the following discussion.