Google's been busy.
The same day it took the "beta" tag off of Gmail, the company has announced its intention to bring a whole operating system of its own to market.
Speed, simplicity and security are the key aspects of Google Chrome OS. We're designing the OS to be fast and lightweight, to start up and get you onto the web in a few seconds. The user interface is minimal to stay out of your way, and most of the user experience takes place on the web. And as we did for the Google Chrome browser, we are going back to the basics and completely redesigning the underlying security architecture of the OS so that users don't have to deal with viruses, malware and security updates. It should just work.
Work on the project will ramp up later this year, and computers should start shipping with the free Chrome OS installed by late 2010.
The announcement is being billed as a shot across the bow of Microsoft, the dominant player in computers. TechCrunch's MG Siegler says it's pretty clear what Google has done: "This is Google dropping the mother of bombs on its chief rival, Microsoft," he writes. "What Google is doing is not recreating a new kind of OS, they’re creating the best way to not need one at all," he concludes.