In 2009, Google had publicized a new product that will centralize web usage into a net book. Chrome OS is the operating system running purely on a cloud model, where web applications are floating and are interconnected through the internet, allowing faster operations for the computer system. However, there are good & bad points about the system which questions the standpoint of Chrome OS operating in current conditions in the realm of programming as well as in computer and internet usage.

Defining Chrome OS

Chrome OS is Google’s operating system solution for net books. This OS is designed to work with web applications. The Interface of the Google OS is minimalistic, much like the Chrome browser. The only application residing in the browser is a media player but most of the applications are connected from the internet. The OS is geared for people who spend most of their time over the surfing the internet.

Chromoting

Chromoting is a feature that will supposedly bridge the gap between Chrome and Windows. Businesses have learnt to appreciate some of the offerings of Google such as Docs, Gmail, Buzz, Voice etc. which will fit right into the OS. Due to its Cloud based origins, the Google OS would be difficult to implement to businesses that invest in Windows software as well as applications based on Windows. Chromoting is the contraction of the words chrome and remoting. This is a great platform to run modern applications and also access those legacy applications within the browser in the PC.

Unlikely Solutions

At the moment, the above features are not backed up with any proof. These are only speculations up to this time and it revolves around creating a remote desktop backed by a Windows based system. The other solution could be accessing using some sort of cloud based Windows software so that the users of Chrome OS can run legacy software from Windows.

Both solutions are neither elegant nor practical. Since there is no compelling argument for businesses to switch to an OS that relies on keeping a Windows based PC live on the internet.

One more reliable answer is a web based served solution. In this case, Google or some other third party will provide the web connected platform for Windows as well as the application instead of users shouldering both for maintenance. The downfall is that there could be a licensing problem in sharing Windows based applications over the internet using cloud computing.

Criticism

  • Chrome OS on a notebook is not a substitute for a Windows OS since the latter is capable of handling resource intensive applications like Adobe programs.
  • PC World has stated that most of the things that are in Chrome OS can be done without the operating system. Net books have already captured the eye of web centric users and so it is not a big deal that this OS can actually do more of what is being done already.
  • If Google OS wants to be taken seriously as an alternative to the existing Windows OS, it should be capable of standing and functioning on its own and not relying on integration to Windows for a productive working environment.

When Chrome OS can truly impact a change as a standalone operating system, it will be taken seriously for business purposes.