At an event held in the US last night, Google talked about their upcoming Chrome OS and also introduced their Pilot program by giving away free laptops to users interested in beta testing the OS. You might wonder if there is a need for another OS in this day and time as we already have OS X, Windows and Linux based Operating Systems. With someone like Google behind it, I think the answer is yes. Let me tell you why.
Nobody understands “the” Internet better than Google and cloud computing is the future with many of us already part of it. For example, if you you use Gmail or have a blog or even watch videos on Youtube, you are already involved in cloud computing. Current Operating Systems are still very dependent on your local hardware like your PC or laptop. Most of you probably use Microsoft Word to type your documents, Photoshop to work with your pictures or iTunes to listen to your music and absolutely nothing to back your files up. If your PC suffers from a crash, your information is gone.
Cloud computing stores your data on the cloud, or the Internet for layman. For example, if you use GMail and your PC crashes, you don’t lose any of your email. Similarly, if you use Google Docs, your spreadsheets and documents are stored on the cloud and a crash will not effect your work. The tech-savvy amongst us already do that. In fact, we have a policy here at t-break that all documents such as reviews, blogs and features are done on Google Docs.
With the Chrome OS, Google is taking charge of automatically storing your data and your apps on the cloud, so losing your PC does not mean you lose your data. You log on with your Google account to a new machine and all your data and apps follow you to it. Everything is always synchronized. That’s how an OS should be in 2011.