Last week we were led to believe that Google was holding up the release of their operating system. Rumors had it that the new operating system known as Chrome, would not be ready until the first part of 2011. Now we have a completely different story, which is being presented by a VP at Google. Instead of a full-fledged CPU hogging, RAM intensive, operating system, we are going to have nothing more than a browser. This basically is why the Chrome browser and Chrome operating system is causing so much confusion.

In a recent news article it states that:

It is all the more confusing because Google already has a Web browser named Chrome. And Google already has an operating system, called Android.

Google says it will become clearer by the end of the year, when the company will introduce to the public a lightweight netbook computer that runs Chrome. Though Google declined to give details of the device, it is expected to be manufactured by another company and branded by Google, similar to the way Google released its Nexus phone, which runs on Android.

Google has high hopes for Chrome, and as the company weathers criticism for relying too much on search advertising for revenue, its executives have been describing Chrome as one of Google’s new businesses with huge potential.

That software would not work on Chrome computers. Instead, Chrome users would use Google’s Web-based products, like Docs, Gmail and Picasa for word processing, e-mail and photos, or software from other companies, like Microsoft’s cloud-based Office 365. Google also plans to open a Chrome app store for software developers to dream up other Chrome tools.

The Chrome browser, which is installed on 8 percent of all PCs, shares a name because the operating system is, essentially, the same thing as the browser. “When people look at Chrome OS, they’re going to be like, ‘It’s just a browser, there’s nothing exciting here,’ ” Mr. Upson said. “Exactly. It’s just a browser, there’s nothing exciting here — that’s the point.”

Computers running Chrome OS will start in seconds, not minutes, and then users will see a browser through which applications and data can be used.

I personally believe this is what will make Google Chrome OS so attractive. The OS will run on a lower powered notebook computer, start quickly and rely on the Internet to store user data. While this may scare some of you, I personally believe this is a great way to have access of your stuff, from any computer and from anywhere.

The Google OS is not going to be for everyone, It will be a niche product, similar to the niche that a tablet fills. Think about it. We have desktop computers, laptops computers, tablet computers, netbook computers and smart phones. Each of these products fill a specific need for what a specific consumer wants from their computer.

I look forward to the Google Chrome OS and will be buying a notebook using the OS when it is released.

What about you? Will there be a Chrome powered operating system in your future?

Comments welcome.

Source – NY Times