Wednesday, December 8, 2010

When the browser is the operating system

The browser is the operating system. Can't recall when I first heard someone say that, but with today's announcement from Google about the Chrome OS app store and devices, the statement has migrated from hyperbole to fact. People use their netbooks primarily for their cloud applications: Facebook, e-mail, Twitter, playing games and enjoying video and music. The only requirement is an operating system that supports a browser interface to cloud applications. And it needs to be cheap, secure and fast.

For low cost netbooks, tablets and emerging portable or embedded devices that require support for cloud applications, Chrome OS will likely emerge as the optimum operating system. My crazy prediction - Chrome OS touch screen available on some refrigerators in the near future.

Congratulations Google.

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