Google has opened limited public beta of its Chrome OS, web based operating system. The new ‘waitless’ operating system promises to be extremely fast and extremely secure.
What is Waitlessness? “One of the key differences in Google’s product, when compared to Microsoft Windows or Apple OS, is that whereas the processing power of most desktop applications is drawn from the computer itself, Chrome OS apps do all their processing in the cloud. This means that laptops running Chrome OS should be cheaper and more ‘lightweight’. To put it into perspective, the experience of running Chrome OS is likely to have the ‘instant-on’ experience you get with an iPad (and other iOS devices), because the OS is not processor intensive,” stated Google.
Another cool feature of Chrome OS is simply the fact that as everything is web based, all your programs sync across every device that can run that Chrome Apps. Chrome OS also supports a ‘guest mode’ so other users can use your computer without using any of your personal data.
Again because it’s all web/cloud based, the implication is that security will be tighter too. Furthermore a cloud based computer can re-install uncorrupted backups of the OS from the web.
In fact, the possible impact Chrome OS could have on the way we use our computers are various and significant enough that YouTube users have been invited to create their own commercial advertising it. This gives you a chance of winning a Chrome enabled laptop, but also seems like a direct challenge to Microsoft, who once invited the web to create commercials that demonized the concept of “search overload” in support of Bing (not a search engine, but a decision engine apparently).