My article about laptops replacing desktop computer system went over so well, I thought I would tackle the subject if a browser could become an operating system. First of all this would not be for business systems, but more for mobile systems like laptops, netbooks, and iPad clones used primarily by consumers. Second, the browser as an operating system would rely on using cloud computing for all computing needs and to store data for the user.
The one major player who most likely will be able to pull this off is Google. It is developing and fine tuning its Chromium operating system, which should be available at the end of the year. Google and its partner are developing features including the ability to determine which way is up. ReadWriteWeb states:
According to a report from CNET, the orientation support now being added to Chrome would be “particularly useful” for mobile gaming. “For example, tilting a device can turn it into a steering wheel or a tabletop on which a marble rolls,” writes CNET’s Stephen Shankland describing the upcoming capabilities.
Already, developers are hard at work building applications for the Chrome operating system and its accompanying Chrome Web Store, which will function as Google’s version of the “App Store” for Web-based applications. In test builds of the browser’s open source bits, developers are running everything from simple card games to arcade-like casual games, including popular iTunes titles like “Plants vs. Zombies” and console favorite “Lego Star Wars.”
So what is all this going to mean for you and me? Well, it is going to mean we will finally have an instant boot system. We will not be plagued with viruses and other critters. Those bad people on the Internet who love to compromise our Windows system will be SOL. Our data will be stored away from our computer and we will be able to access it from anywhere.
We won’t need quad core processors just to write a note, or gobs of RAM just to satisfy the OS. We also won’t need a GUI that sucks the resources out of the OS just to show us how beautiful a desktop scene can be. Flashy stuff need not apply.
The bottom line is that we are going to be in store for a future without Windows.