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Google gives public a look at Chrome OS

Google gives public a look at Chrome OS

Google’s new operating system Chrome OS was given its first public airing yesterday. The system is configured to be able to run without a hard drive and work from an internet connection which is a rather interesting concept.

Chrome OS is due for release in about a year and could offer up stiff competition for both Microsoft and Apple in certain sectors – specifically low powered netbooks and smartbooks. The initial target audience will be those running a netbook with SSD drive.

Google are keen to point out that Chrome OS is going to be the fastest operating system available with the lowest overhead … the demonstration we saw had a computer booting in 9 seconds.

Product Manager Sundar Pichai said it is almost comparible to just hitting the power on button of your TV with the difference being you also get onto the WEB at the same time.

As expected the operating system looks very much like a browser with tabs on screen for email, documents, a book e-reader and a chess game. Pichai demonstrated how panels that appeared from the bottom of the screen (called ‘moles’) can be used to send instant messages, play music or even video content.

The focus is on speed and ease of use with Pichai saying “We just want computers to be delightful and work!”.

Right now it is hard to tell the full extent of its capabilities but it is shaping up to look like a viable option for people who don’t need a full Windows OS running – perhaps for a mobile machine with focus on battery life and light use – such as email, browsing and instant messaging.

The code is to be made public so that developers have full access to it for software development, which is a really refreshing move from the search engine giant.

If you want a look at it yourself, then check out the video below.


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