|Microsoft has worked the kinks out of Vista. To make a clean break with colossal failure, Microsoft has renamed their flagship OS Windows 7. Windows 7 hits the mark just in time to be arguably obsolete. The impact of Windows 7 will be marginalized in the coming year by Google’s Chrome OS and by competing products like Jolicloud.|
Chrome OS is an awakening.
File-based operating systems will give way to web-centric operating systems just like film-based photography gave way to digital imagery. Who remembers cameras with roll film?
Roll film cameras like the Brownie gained popularity because consumers love devices that are expedient and easy-to-use.
You push the button, we do the rest. ~ Kodak slogan circa 1900
One doesn’t need the experience of loading 4×5 inch sheet film into a film holder, then sliding it into the back of a view camera to understand how revolutionary roll film was to consumers in the early 20th century.
Consumers dig easy to use and cheap
How many computing people ensconced in a coffee shop are not connected to the web? Yet, inexplicably, my 64-bit notebook with 8 gigs of RAM takes several minutes to boot. Adding a turtle-like virus scan to that startup time leads to significant thumb twiddling.
I have stopped being an apologist for Microsoft. Not because Microsoft doesn’t make great products – I’d still rather develop in Visual Studio than Eclipse. Rather, Microsoft has squandered near monopolies in several product areas by being slow on the uptake.
Why are most of the forward-thinkers working at Google?
Consumer devices whose primary function is easy access to internet services, such as the world wide web or e-mail, have been with us for a while. The term internet appliance was popularized in the late 1980s and 1990s. simPC, a web appliance for grandma and grandpa to share with grandchildren, debuted as a proof of concept in 2004 running from a solid state drive, based on the Linux OS, and requiring an internet connection.
I am going to bite the bullet to upgrade to Windows 7 on my Vista notebook. But, I’m leaving Windows XP on my development box until further notice because Microsoft, in a consumer-unfriendly decision, hasn’t made an effort to ease the leapfrog (over Vista) from XP to Windows 7.
- technical hurdles, like richer & faster web apps and bigger internet pipes, and the
- psychological hurdles, like data storage on the cloud rather than locally,
will begin dropping like hapless male drones in autumn.
We have reached a turning point where
- Price points for computers become affordable for most ($299),
- Web-centric operating systems are free,
- Software installation and virus protection becomes obsolete,
- Software is online, and
- Data storage is on some amorphous genie called the cloud.
- To Learn – See What We Need To Know About Chrome OS.
- To View – Watch Chrome OS Open Source Project Announcement video.
- To Join – Register on Chrome OS Forums; a new discussion forum with valuable information about Chrome OS Install and Setup Guide and How-to Run Google Chrome OS From a USB Drive.
- To Speculate– Read Jolicloud aims to steal Chrome OS’s netbook thunder to see how things are heating up in the web-centric OS space.
- To Follow – VP of Product Management for Chrome OS, Sundar Pichai, on Twitter at @sundarpichai
- To Follow – Lead Engineer for Chrome OS, Matthew Papakipos, on Twitter at @mpapakipos