It was a busy week in the worlds of browsers and operating systems, as Google proved--with its unveiling of the browser-based Chrome OS--that the two are colliding.
Imagine a computer experience that's much like TV: flip a switch and it's on. That was the vision conveyed by Google Vice President of Product Marketing Sundar Pichai Thursday asat Chrome OS, the new operating system based on the company's Chrome browser.
Chrome OS eliminates the boot loader and optimizes the kernel so that all the services that normally load with an OS start-up don't load until they are needed, Pichai explained.
Although Chrome OS is a year away from release, Googlefor the project on Thursday. It also relayed, through it's demo of the OS, a bit about . For one thing, Google plans to develop a detailed specification of hardware components that Chrome OS Netbook makers must adhere to in order to use the operating system.
"We really want software to understand the underlying hardware," Pichai said.
The Chrome OS unveiling came on the heels of sneak previews from Microsoft's. Among those was the , with new features such as a mechanism for connecting Outlook to social networks.
The software giant announced plans for the, the cloud-based operating system that lets developers write programs that run on servers in Microsoft's data centers. It will be in production for all users starting January 1.
And Microsoft showed it's serious about building a competitive browser with the.
Not to be forgotten in the browser wars, Firefox maker The Mozilla Foundation, reportedin 2008. The organization also noted that it's .
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