Google Chrome OS / Microsoft Bing

Google and Microsoft are starting a real “battle” of the titans, with Microsoft releasing a new search engine (Bing) and Google announcing Chrome OS.

The thing is, why are these two competing?  They both have their own monopolies in their own right, Google is now a verb meaning to search the web, and Microsoft Windows is the nearly ubiquitous operating system, even on netbooks.

The biggest problem I have with Google’s Chrome OS is that Microsoft is on the verge of releasing Windows 7, which according to many reviewers will be the best version of Windows yet – and it runs well on current Netbooks.  Chrome OS is going to be a ‘lightweight’ OS designed for running a web browser and web-based content.  This will mean that Netbooks based on Chrome OS can only run apps like Google Docs online instead of Microsoft Office, YouTube instead of Windows Media player.

I see the same problem with Microsoft’s Bing.  It doesn’t do anything I’m not already getting from Google search.  It just does the same thing, in the same way.  There is nothing really to help me do more, or bring me better quality search results than I’m already getting.

To promote Chrome OS Google is probably going to provide incentives to both hardware manufacturers, maybe it will run on cheaper hardware?  But it’s not like current Linux and Windows powered netbooks are that expensive.  In typical Microsoft fashion Bing has a huge focus on Developer (developers! developers!) APIs hoping that someone else will make a killer app for them.  Microsoft is a Platform company after all, and Google is a Search company.

We’ll see what happens in the end, but it’s pretty difficult for these companies to switch their identity with consumers.

2 Replies to “Google Chrome OS / Microsoft Bing”

  1. I wouldn’t compare Win7 to Chrome OS as is. First, because Windows 7 has years over years of development, it’s an already robust OS running on a very well tested kernel. Chrome OS will be based Linux, which is a robust (and better IMO) kernel than Windows 7 but the main difference is that the GUI will be something fairly new, so expect it to be really buggy for a year. They may go with GTK, I don’t know.

    Here’s a couple of things I would like to see on Chrome OS:

    – Sync local user folder with cloud drive. Something like your user folder on Dropbox. With the ability of running only from the cloud (for non HD-less devices).
    – HTML based applications for most tasks.
    Video player can be HTML5 based (plus codecs and stuff).
    IM can be HTML based.
    Code editors can be HTML based
    Photoshop can be HTML

    and we can keep dreaming. But mainly I would like to sit on my big-ass computer at home and have the same stuff on my laptop, phone, etc. All apps, shortcuts, bookmarks, etc. Everything according to the device I’m using. Maybe not having a fully featured version of Photoshop but to be able to edit some stuff.

    So, I really want to wait at least a year or until we have more info about it before saying anything. I can’t really judge something that was just announced.

    I like when companies try to think outside the box, Apple always do that, Google always try to do that, Microsoft sometimes do that.

    If you see people still happy with WinXP (even 2000) it’s because new version are not offering new things, just more of the same but prettier and with some new features, but nothing completely different.

  2. Well, we don’t really know that much about what is going to go into Chrome OS – except that it will try to keep you on the Internet at much as possible. It would be nice to have all those features, but I doubt we’ll get much more than we already get from Google Docs – meaning no HTML5 video and Photoshop.
    Maybe eventually.
    I think it is fair to compare it to Windows 8 since it will only be available on Netbooks, one of the markets Win7 is targeting.

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