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Google Introduces Chrome OS

Written on December 08, 2010 by Charles Bass

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"Rethink[ing] the personal computing experience for the modern Web. That is what Chrome OS is about. Chrome OS is nothing but the web—Chrome running on hardware directly." ---Sundar Pichai, Google' s Vice President for Product Management.

During a press conference in San Francisco today, launched the newest addition to their growing network —. This is Google’s browser-centric netbook operating system. According to Google, the number of their Chrome users climbed up to 120 million. Chrome’s emphasis on speed was noted as one of the significant factors why the popularity of the browser grew rapidly. Performance remain the key account priority of the Chrome development as Google works to make the browser an application platform.

The next Chrome will be using an adaptive compiling technique codenamed Crankshaft to accelerate JavaScript performance. Google has also been in focus of the WebGL, a work that progresses swiftly. Google showed several WebGL demos, including a virtual 3D aquarium with sharks that shoot lasers with their eyes.

During the presentation, Google’s vice president for product management, Sundar Pichai, explained that the philosophy behind Chrome OS is to create a browser that is largely designed for many applications rather than a browser that is designed for documents of everyday work. This is an advance vision that Google has with Chrome OS.

“Rethink[ing] the personal computing experience for the modern Web. That is what Chrome OS is about,” he said during the presentation. “Chrome OS is nothing but the web—Chrome running on hardware directly.”

Security, synchronization, performance, and connectivity were among the important issues discussed during the conference. Chrome OS will automatically keep everything synchronized. All of which are tied to the user’s account, which means that a user can theoretically sign in on any Chrome OS computer and get immediate access to the contents of their accounts.

Google says that Chrome OS will be the most secure OS among others. One significant security feature of the platform is the Verified Boot capability. An initial boot code, loaded on a read only memory chip that will make sure that the system is not being compromised.

To prevent excessive exposure to vulnerabilities, Chrome OS will have seamless automatic updating of both the browser and the platform. The update system will also be used to push over performance improvements and enhancements over time.

What’s your opinion about this? Is Google ready to launch Chrome OS?

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