Google to launch own computer OS

by admin July 8, 2009 at 5:30 pm

Google early today staked out its claim in full computer operating systems with word that it would launch its own. Chrome OS is meant “initially” for netbooks and relies solely on web apps; while Linux underneath, all software is just an instance of the Chrome web browser running in a custom windowing system. The approach not only keeps a small app footprint but sandboxes any content to prevent malware attacks from spreading. Importantly, nearly any Chrome OS app should also work in a truly standards-based web browser regardless of platform.

The company argues that systems based on the software should boot quickly and, because apps can be run online, wouldn’t need significant amounts of offline storage or regular updating. Google hasn’t said how much access apps will have to local hardware.

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