Many developers do not attempt to compete against Microsoft in the desktop OS space, preferring instead to give consumers alternative choices. However, ‘giving a choice’ is not what Google has in mind: the search giant has revealed in an interview that it plans to go all out in making Chrome OS the ‘default way of computing’ for the masses.
Things have been going rather well for Google recently: the search giant’s market share in the online search engine pie has seen steady increases, and its side-business with Android OS has been a runaway success ever since its launch. But that is apparently not enough for Google: it seems that the company is also keen on wrestling control of the desktop OS market away from Microsoft and its Windows operating system.
In an interview with searchengineland.com, Google’s Product Management Director Caesar Sengupta claimed that the online world is steadily growing in importance with each passing day, and that it would only be a matter of time before users will start to do all of their computing exclusively online.
And when that happens, the company’s Chrome OS operating system will be a natural fit for users who are ready to embrace cloud computing.
“This trend of people moving to the cloud is very strong…as that trend proceeds, Chrome OS will be a fantastic experience for them, giving them all they want from the cloud but without the legacy issues of a traditional operating system (like) backups, viruses or malware,” he claimed.
Sengupta also dismissed concerns about users who prefer to consume offline content stored on external devices, claiming that there will be no need to do so, as Chrome OS will not have a file structure for navigation. In addition, offline content from external devices will be uploaded to the cloud via web apps, which will then be cached on the local SSD.
“We will allow you to browse stuff on external hard drives and upload those, but the way we’re approaching files on your local machine is really through web apps, encouraging them to do HTML 5 and cache files locally,” he said, adding that he feels that users will be better off forgoing their already-downloaded media content in favor of media subscription services.
Last but not least, Sengupta made no attempt to downplay the company’s ambitions and plans with its new cloud-based operating system, claiming that with the importance of the Internet, Chrome OS and cloud computing PCs will force users to ditch systems running on Windows and OS X.
“I think we will have failed if this doesn’t become your default way of computing. But right now, we see hundreds of millions of users who live on the web. For many of these users, this will replace their machines immediately, especially as web apps get better,” he said.
And given Steve Jobs’ declaration of war against Google in the mobile OS front, one can be sure that the guys at Cupertino will not be dismissing Sengupta’s claim for desktop dominance as idle banter.
But for the time being, most of us here at VR-Zone will probably be holding on to our desktop PCs and notebooks loaded with a traditional operating system like Windows. That is, until Google can find a way to stream a fully-playable, high-detail copy of Crysis and Far Cry onto its new batch of Chrome OS netbooks without making it crawl at 1fps like a slideshow on depressants.
Source: Search Engine Land