Wednesday, July 08, 2009

What About Bigfoot?!

Frame 352 from the film, capturing an apparent...Image via Wikipedia

Speculation has been persistant for some time about Google releasing a desktop operating system. I figured that it was always in the pipeline and that they would gradually develop Android and eventually release a desktop version!

Today though they've announced a new project that's referred to as a natural extension of Google Chrome — the Google Chrome Operating System. See what they did there?!

It's amazing to believe that Google Chrome was released only nine months ago and is being used regularly by 30 million people.
Google Chrome OS is an open source, lightweight operating system that will initially be targeted at netbooks. Later this year we will open-source its code, and netbooks running Google Chrome OS will be available for consumers in the second half of 2010. [Official Google Blog]
Edit: I likened this announcement yesterday to the Bigfoot story just in case that wasn't made clear [hit Publish]. I published the post without adding any real substance which is exactly what Google have done with the Chrome OS announcement. It's now emerged (via Rovert Scoble) that this was well timed to take some of the attention away from Microsoft’s expected Office-in-the-cloud announcement next week. I'm interested in what will be unveiled and will make sure to update with any significant developments :)

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