Google is looking at adding a browser logon for their Chromium OS when it is finally introduced. The logon may be to allow easier access to Google features and to provide users with one logon for all of what Google offers. I believe this logon process will be what Google already is using for those who have signed up for Gmail accounts, which also allows access to all of the other features Google currently offers.
If this is the case, it will eliminate the need for multiple account user names and passwords, and will be similar to what Microsoft uses with their Windows Live ID program. According to an article at TechCrunch it states that:
There are lots of potential benefits to having users log into machines via the browser. In particular it makes syncing easier and furthers the notion that you can log into any Chrome OS machine and have exactly the same experience as you would on any other machine. The fact that users can’t download any software to Chrome OS computers furthers this experience.
But people using Chrome OS devices will be logging into the Internet first and foremost with a Google account, or via Friend Connect (which currently allows signin via Google, Twitter, Yahoo, AIM, Netlog, OpenID, etc.). By centralizing authentication once, Google can then use the same Friend Connect credentials to automatically login to sites that support it.
While this would make using any feature that Google offers much easier, the one question that keeps popping into my mind is – how popular will the Chromium OS really be? Will it be just a supplement to Window machines? Or will Chromium be the future of computing?