My daily readings 12/15/2010

    • In many ways, Chrome OS is the anti-OS. And that’s refreshing. It’s not where it needs to be yet, but when and if it gets there, it could be really, really great. Imagine a computer that boots in two seconds. Imagine one that lasts for an entire day on a single charge. Imagine one that costs less than $100. It could change the world.
  • tags: innovation microsoft

    • Chrome is designed for life in the cloud, and at least in its original design specs was targeted to run Web-based apps rather than any apps on netbooks themselves. At the time Chrome was designed, that made sense and was forward-looking. But today, with the raging successes of Android phones, the iPhone, the iPad, and Android tablets coming soon, apps are king. Any device that doesn’t run apps will have a hard time gaining acceptance.
    • Given the squeeze Chrome netbooks will be under — from tablets on one end, and Windows netbooks on the other — I don’t expect them to sell in large numbers.
    • Unfortunately when you discuss Windows netbooks you’re not comparing like with like. Chrome OS is very different from anything before it – whether you like what it does or not. It will have a 3 to 5 second startup time – unparalleled in the computer world , it’s OS will be entirely browser based – much narrower focus that anything else. And it looks to be highly secure by being pretty much read only and sandboxed during operation, something Windows can’t boast about, although at the same time pretty restrictive if you want other things. It’s an OS with a totally different philosophy – not worse, not better but different.
    • The chrome platform was, therefore, conceived of as a set of hardware that required less battery mass to support it’s operation — being diskless and providing for storage with flash RAM. No disk translates into instant-on, meaning yet-smaller battery mass requirements — cumulatively leading to a lighter and less expensive hardware package. Given that chrome is to be open source, the Windows license fees go away as well. To quiclky assume that Windows-based netbooks will be available at the same price as Chrome netbooks is a mistake.

      Given that tablets are priced twice higher than Windows-based netbooks already, the belief that chrome doesn’t have a ready market niche as the lowest-priced computer category is to ignore basic economics.

    • It was a more plausible sounding strategy before the iPad came out. Now that it’s clear that tablets are huge, and that Android will be Google’s tablet OS, then you start to wonder why adding a keyboard sudden switches you to a different OS (losing all of the Android apps in the process).
    • Google ChromeOS and Google Wave share some similarities in terms of marketing messaging behind those products. In both cases biggest value of both products is in business – they should never be marketed as a consumer products.

      I agree with Paul that ChromeOS with its current market target will fail – just like Wave did.

      But there is still hope for ChromeOS. Google should target bigger companies with it. Make it a hardware extension of their Google Apps offering. IT departments and CFOs will love them.

      And you know what? I think that they are thinking about this already – that is why we’ve seen Citrix client there.

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

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