For those of you that follow technology news have probably have heard of Google’s Chrome operating system. And for those that may have never heard of Chrome OS let me explain it to you. Chrome is Google’s open source operating system that is design to work with web-based applications. Google’s Chrome operating system is built around the web browser with software ranging from video editing applications to photo editing applications. Since Chrome is based around the web browser, external severs will handle the computer processing tasks for applications.
According to Retures Google’s Chrome OS is coming out in late fall. And Google is eyeing Microsoft, as it’s main competitor in the desktop operating space. Microsoft own’s about 90% of the computer market share. In an attempt to shrug off Google’s open source operating system Microsoft stated that software developers would have to create different versions of the same application for different brands. Sundar Pichai Google head of the Chrome project responded to the statement from Microsoft by saying “ Chrome OS is one of the few future operating systems for which there are already millions of applications that work.” He also stated “You don’t need to redesign Gmail for it to work on Chrome. Facebook dose not need to write a new app for Chrome.”
Since the Chrome operating system is open source companies such as Acer could create their own versions of the software. While using the Chrome source code from Google to fit the companies needs. This is a way that the interface may differ from each company.
I guess this is similar to the way Android, Google’s mobile operating system’s user interface is different from each cell phone manufacture. For example HTC’s Sense user interface for Android is different from Motorola’s user interface for Android. But underneath the user interface is still the Android mobile operating system.