Google announces Chrome OS, we announce geek-tinged enthusiasm

Google-chrome_l Chrome sweet chrome?* That's what Google is hoping. The company announced that they'll release a new OS come 2010: The Chrome browser is getting beefed up into a full-fledged operating system. Somewhere, someone at Microsoft is curled in the fetal position, gently sobbing.

According to Google's release, the Chrome OS will be "open source, lightweight operating system that will initially be targeted at netbooks." Fancy!

The major difference between the Chrome OS and the current OS you're probably using is that Chrome will be more Web-oriented, rather than desktop oriented.I'm excited to see Chrome's development because in the last few years, like a lot of peeps, I too have shifted to be more Web-oriented. I type stories in Google Docs, not Word. I edit photos using Picnik, not Photoshop. I play Web-based games, not downloaded ones, and I listen to more music via websites than I do in iTunes. In other words, there are a lot of ways I'm using a browser as a sort of OS already; if there's an OS designed for that, so much the better. Minus a crystal ball, we can't know exactly what Chrome will be like, but so far I've been almost stupidly satisfied with the ways Google has taken over my life so far — would you ever go back to non-Gmail e-mail? I wouldn't. If Chrome can capture a shred of that, it will instantly become my browser of choice.

What about you, PopWatchers? Will you be saying hasta la Vista and heading to Chrome?

* If there had been a way to get "Chrome on the range," "there's no place like Chrome," "Chrome decorating," "Chrome alone," "Chrome sick," "hold the Chrome," or "Chromoerotic" into this post, I would have. Oh, well.

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  • PeterBilt The Nature Boy

    I dont understand anything in this article.

  • mozz

    I have been a chrome fan since the day it came out. Well or there abouts. I use nothing but chrome and it has changed my web based life. cannot wait for it to expand.

  • Leslie

    Anything that has the potential to take a chunk out of Microsoft’s monopoly on PC-based OS makes me do a happy dance.

  • Tuzo

    Wow, tech comes to EW! I think it’s pretty rare that a technology news release/blog gets that kind of coverage with an entertainment site/magazine. This can only bode well for Google Chrome. I understand where they are coming from, but I’m still not 100% there yet — I still use a ton of native applications.

  • Chris

    Wait, is that an OS or the next generation of Simon?

  • mike hunt

    google sucks what website am i on

  • Shamrock

    I started using google chrome when it first came out and have never looked backed. Don’t even go near IE anymore.

  • Elysia

    I am seriously intrigued by this developement, and indeed Google has been nothing but a boon to my info/photo/video-searching, mapping,emailing life. I’m also perfectly willing to drop Word for docs, etc. However, I do hate to be limited in my ability to use any traditional technology and wonder how Chrome will handle things like my entertainment software, store-bought games, etc…will I need to go back to operating in DOS?

  • Nate

    I started using Chrome as soon as it was available. Chrome is so easy to use. I tried Safari, but didn’t like it. I will never use explorer again.

  • Bishop

    When will Google update Chrome so that you can sort your bookmarks?! Or even manage the bookmarks?

  • Reinna

    Google Chrome rocks! It’s easier to work with than IE, it’s faster and it’s safe. It’s not perfect, but what is?
    If the OS is anything like their webbrowser, sign me up.

  • youtuber

    Go to YOUTUBE and watch
    LITTLE MONKEY BOY CLIMBING
    its a cute video!

  • Brandon

    I’m a Firefox man myself. I’ve tried Chrome and it’s alright but It’s still lacking in some areas such as bookmarks like Bishop and it doesn’t seem to work on streaming Video sites like Hulu or Netflix.

  • James

    I stopped using IE two years ago, I use Firefox exclusively. Tried Chrome, too simple, not enough features, I need more from a browser than security, like functionality… Google, like MS, wants to be everything to everyone, that’s impossible and we know where it leads.

  • Jerry

    Bishop-go to the wrench button in the upper left hand corner, click on it, click on the “bookmark manager” option, and manage them. Your welcome.

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