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Prepare: Google Chrome OS will probably be available for download within a week

November 15, 2009 1 comment

ChromeOSAccording to TechCrunch, Google is slated to launch its own operating system, Chrome OS, in the next week, according to a “reliable source.” Chome OS is going to be based on Linux, and from the looks of these supposed screenshots, has an interface similar to that of Ubuntu. Google has stated that an early release of the operating system will be available in the fall. But Google isn’t really seriously going up against Windows, at least not yet: Chrome OS will be optimized for netbooks, a small slice of the PC market.

When netbooks were first released, various Linux distributions dominated the market, which fed a period of increased growth in UNIX-based systems. Microsoft then made Windows XP licenses available, and manufacturers quickly jumped ship. If Google can gain inroads into the netbook market, maybe we’ll see Linux rein again. And I think that it’s quite possible that dual-platform computers could be shipped.

So, as of right now, with Google’s current focus, Microsoft Windows is not in any serious danger. With Windows 7, which is already up to a 4.5% market share (something that Net Applications and StatCounter agree on), Microsoft will probably snag a large wave of people who want to use a new operating system. Assuming there are 1.6 billion 1.2 billion online users, 55 million people worldwide are already using it. That’s 55 million people that probably won’t use Chrome OS.

We’ll see what kind of hype the launch creates, and if there really will be a large group of people who make the switch. The market adoption of the Google Chrome browser has been relatively poor: despite a giant ad campaign, Chrome has only been able to gain a few percentage points after a year. It took the browser 14 months to gain 30 million users, something Firefox did in 8 weeks. If the Google Chrome browser is not an Internet Explorer killer, I doubt the Google Chrome OS will be a Windows killer.

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And Windows 7 is released!

October 22, 2009 Leave a comment

If your reading this, it’s just past midnight Eastern time, and this is the day Windows 7 is slated to launch. I’m not actually awake right now, this is a pre-written post scheduled to be published automatically at 12 AM.

Hopefully, this day will mark the beginning of the end of the Windows XP era, which has gone on way too long: 8 years. But who can blame users, after Vista was such a failure. Although I hate to say it, Windows XP will probably remain dominate for years to come. Internet Explorer 6 is still the most used version of Internet Explorer (sadly), and all that you have to do to get rid of it is spend 5 minutes upgrading. The switch from Windows XP to Windows 7 is a much more complex and lengthy task, and people probably won’t upgrade, they’ll buy new computers when they need them instead.

There’s already some buzz about the launch brewing right now. Who knows how much there will be tomorrow. As a huge wave of people install Windows 7, if they have something to say, Twitter will probably slow to a crawl, as it did in the Balloon Boy episode. I haven’t tried Windows 7 myself, but I’ll probably get to soon.

Congratulations on shipping, Microsoft!