Google Chrome OS: Challenge to Microsoft Supremacy

by Abid Warsi on 9 July 2009

Google has announced that it’s making the bold move of creating a PC operating system, Chrome OS, that will be a rival to Microsoft’s Windows Operating System (OS). This is encouraging news for users. Google has a history of rethinking products and services and producing great user experiences.

For example, Google Maps made it easy to move a map by simply dragging it around the screen with a mouse and gave us the ability to see a street from human’s viewpoint with Street View. Their Google Chrome browser removed the clutter of menu options which most other browsers suffered from and added useful features such as showing thumbnails of frequently visited sites when the browser or new tab was opened.

[Users] don’t want to spend hours configuring their computers to work with every new piece of hardware, or have to worry about constant software updates. And any time our users have a better computing experience, Google benefits as well by having happier users who are more likely to spend time on the Internet.  (Google Blog)

Google plans to remove some of the problems that currently frustrate PC users, such as dealing with complicated configurations, endless software updates and viruses. It also claims that Chrome OS will be designed for today’s users who spend lots of time browsing the Internet and who are ready for cloud computing.

A newcomer can reinvigorate any industry, just as the iPhone and Google’s Android operating systems have done to the mobile phone industry. Hopefully, Google’s Chrome OS will have a similar effect on PCs and will improve the user experience of all the major PC operating systems. Groundbreaking products aren’t created overnight. Google follows a rigorous User-Centred Design process which is essential for creating products that meet users’ needs.

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