Google has recently released more detail on it’s new operating system, Google Chrome OS. Built on Googles browser Chrome, it differs greatly from traditional operating systems that we all know, such as Windows, OSX and Linux.Instead of having all your data and applications such as Word and Outlook stored on your computer hard drive, the applications instead, will be stored on one of Googles servers, called a Cloud. This means that you need to be connected to the Internet to use Chrome and access your applications. Of course right now this is a bit of an issue because broadband speeds, especially in certain parts of the UK are still very slow and sometimes unavailable. The good thing is that if you lost your laptop or it broke, then all you would need to would be to purchase a new one, connect to Google Chrome and your back up and running again. Another concern of course is that your data would be stored elsewhere and with people already worried about data protection it will be interesting to see how this one pans out.
One major advantage I see from a personal point of view is that you could have multiple machines using the same OS environment. As I work from home a fair bit and occasionally from a client’s office, I have to make sure that I have got all the correct files with me and applications, such as my website editor setup correctly before I can work efficiently. Google OS could eliminate these problems.
So is a Cloud OS the future? I think it probably is. There a plenty of advantages to using it and security would be a major factor. However Chrome is not due to be released until Xmas 2010 and even then it’s only on Netbooks. I think broadband speeds and availability will have to dramatically improve before Google Chrome can challenge the king of the OS, Windows, but it’s something I’m certainly looking forward too.