Google moves towards notebooks with Chrome OS


7 Dec 2010

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Google has introduced the Chrome OS, a new operating system which intends to bring a web browser-like experience to notebook computers.

The Chrome OS is aimed at being simple, secure and speedy. Google stated that the OS will be “nothing but the web,” with the operating system looking similar to the Chrome OS browser. It has a simplistic design with tabs included for multitasking.

Setting up the notebook is fast and by logging in with a Google account, users can synchronise their Chrome experience across numerous different machines, propagating changes within seconds.

Folding over the laptop and resuming it from standby takes milliseconds. Google has also helped with a sharing experience by introducing a guest login mode.

If a friend wishes to use the notebook, they can log in as a guest and use the notebook computer. They cannot view any of the browsing history of the user and once they log off, their browsing history is deleted. Google says it is the “most private user mode on any computer.”

The notebook can use web apps offline, however, Google Chrome OS notebooks will include 3G connectivity along with Wi-Fi to ensure it can always be connected.

The OS features an auto-update system to ensure that the latest version is always on the notebook, with seamless integration without troubling the user. This function also, according to Google, makes the notebook much faster with time, as opposed to slower, thanks to the access to updates.

It will bring sandboxing at an OS level, protecting the user from programs containing malware. All user data is encrypted by default. Chrome OS will also be the first consumer operating system to include verified boot.

Google working with Citrix

Chrome OS not only has a consumer focus, and Google stated that many businesses suggested that they partner with Citrix for business solutions.

As a result, Citrix has been working with Google to help make Chrome OS access enterprise apps hosted on a remote server through Citrix Receiver.

Apps to be made available will include the Microsoft Office Suite and SAP. Like other web apps, they’re fast to buy and install, and utilise tab functionality to provide multitasking.

Google is working with Acer and Samsung to bring Chrome OS notebooks powered with Intel chips and they say other OEMs will follow.

At the moment, the OS is still in testing. Google is rolling out a pilot program, sending out a trial notebook called the CR-48 for early adopters to test and provide feedback.

It will be accessed through various businesses, such as American Airlines and Logitech. Consumers can also try to get their hands on it through the pilot programme website.

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