Gates on Google Chrome OS: “Meh…”

In a prior post I noted that there’s speculation regarding Google’s Chrome OS as being a Windows contender or even killer, especially on netbooks.  If that’s the case, then Bill is hiding his anxiety pretty well.

Ina Freed of CNet.com News quoted Bill Gates, who stated in a July interview, “In some ways I am surprised people are acting like there’s something new.”  He cited Chrome OS’ similarity to Linux (not surprising as it’s based on the Linux kernel) as a means to deflate some of Google’s mojo, and added that web browsers have become so broad in their capabilities Java, Flash and other plugins that the term may be obsolete:

“What’s a browser? What’s not a browser? If you’re playing a movie, is that a browser or not a browser? If you’re doing annotations, is that a browser? If you’re editing text, is that a browser or not a browser? In large part, it’s more an abuse of terminology than a real change.”

In the same article, Fried quoted Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer as saying that the Windows model of operating system, which focuses on offline use as opposed to Google’s online, cloud-focused model, was still the way to go.  You expected something else?

The IT world, as well as the business world, is taking cloud computing very seriously though.  With a new ecomomy which values rapid deployment, infinite poratbility, and simplicity of use as much as cost and productivity, it will be interesting to see how the battle pans out.

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Posted on August 24, 2009, in Microsoft Windows, software, Tech News and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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