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Chrome OS

Lots of reaction to Google’s Chrome OS (web operating system, in theory, a means to do away with Windows, Mac, Linux). Running Chrome OS at this stage is no easy task (see steps required here) – it’ll be a while before it will be available for most users. And, once available, it’s geared to the netbook market. Not surprisingly, since Chrome started its life as a browser, applications run as tabs. Without being able to cite any research, I think most people seem more comfortable with a browser than any other application on their computer. Google is targeting ease of use. For that matter, Google is seeking to do to the web what Microsoft did to the desktop.

Video introduction to Chrome OS (note the 7 second cold boot)

Mashup explores 5 ways in which Chrome OS is unique.