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24 Nov 2009

Top 10 Features of Chrome OS

Google Chrome OSDue out in late 2010, Google’s new operating system Chrome OS is already drawing some rants, raves, and criticism. Ben Parr over at Mashable has been writing lately about Chrome OS and what he has dubbed "The Google Revenue Equation". His theory is that Google is constantly looking to improve the web because their revenue is dependent upon its success: Revenue = Amount of Time on the Web. Totally makes sense right? And with Chrome OS Google is looking to get users online faster and with ease. 

Below are the top 10 features of Chrome OS you should know:
  • Chrome OS completely focuses on the most important part of your computer: your web browser. Its interface is 100% web.
  • Chrome OS eliminates time sucks: desktop. Even the fastest computer takes 45 seconds to load up!
  • Nothing is stored on your computer. Chrome OS is literally 100% web based.
  • Chrome OS will be free!
  • Chrome OS will be open source.
  • Chrome OS is not Android.
  • There are no desktop applications, Literally everything is web based.
  • Everything that comes in Chrome now will be available in Chrome OS.
  • When you don’t have a live Internet connection: you can’t store or access data.
  • Chrome OS, for now, will be on specific netbook like devices. No hybrids available that are compatible with your existing Windows OS or Mac OS. 
What does Google’s Chrome OS mean to you? Well for starters you’ll get online faster. In the SEO and Link Building world that translates to time savings for you and increased time spent online by your prospects and clients. But it’s not all butterflies and rainbows. You can’t store or access data unless you have access to an Internet connection. For those in rural areas it’s unlikely that Chrome OS will prove beneficial. Also, most people hate change. Imagine no more start button, no desktop applications, not even a CD-ROM or the ability to watch DVDs on your computer. Literally everything is web based with Chrome OS.
 
While this is a great start many are marking this is a #fail for Google due to its limitations and inflexible nature. How likely is it that we’ll all go running to get rid of the one thing that has stayed consistent with most of us who have had computers in the last 10 years: the desktop? 
 

What are your thoughts about Google’s Chrome OS? Would you use it?

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