Posted to Ben Finklea's blog on July 14th, 2009

Google Re-Thinks Operating System

Last month, Microsoft jumped headfirst into the search wars by releasing Bing: "The Sound of Found.” Not to be outdone, Google has answered by announcing that they will be entering into Microsoft Windows territory and releasing their own version of a computer operating system, according to CNN.

The forthcoming Google Chrome OS will place emphasis on Web functionality, speed, simplicity, security and an open-source platform, allowing outside developers the room to play. Chrome OS will be available by the end of 2010, as stated by Google.

This new way of integrating operating systems with an online focus is how Google is re-thinking operating systems in general. Windows was developed and integrated before there was the Internet and, although Windows has adapted to an extent, it hasn’t completely addressed the needs of highly engaged online professionals.

Chrome OS will also take on the “open-source” technology, which means that software developers will be able to get their fingers into the code and developing custom applications for it. This is great and newsworthy buzz for those who are familiar with open-source. Drupal, an open-source CMS, has become wildly popular due in part to its open-source platform and a very active, supporting community of users and developers who are always striving to improve the online publishing platform. Will Google Chrome OS experience the same fandom?

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