You read that title right. According to the Official Google Blog, Google is getting into the OS business. Called Chrome, this OS will be an open source, lightweight operating system with the following goals in mind:
Speed, simplicity and security are the key aspects of Google Chrome OS. We’re designing the OS to be fast and lightweight, to start up and get you onto the web in a few seconds. The user interface is minimal to stay out of your way, and most of the user experience takes place on the web. And as we did for the Google Chrome browser, we 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.
Interesting. While that should be enough to get Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer throwing some chairs across his office, you’re probably wondering why I’m mentioning Apple in this story. If you look at the above paragraph, the way they describe how the OS works sounds a lot like OS X from Apple. I bet that this has the full attention of “The Steve.” Both companies should be paying attention to this announcement if they’re smart.
So what will this OS run on? What type of computers will I see this OS on? Google is working on support for ARM and X86 processors and you’ll see this on netbooks sometime in the next year.
I for one can’t wait. Only because this announcement will shake up the OS landscape.