Google Chrome Os Vs Microsoft Windows

You know you are on to something big when the competition sits up and takes notice of you. Well, this is what precisely is happening with the case of Google and Microsoft. The two giants are battling it out for global dominance, thwarting anyone who dares to cross their paths. You have probably heard of the rule of three which states that there are predominantly three major competitors in one market. The third one is Apple, but I’ll come to that later.


Google has always made Microsoft sit up and take notice. It started with the search engine, which Microsoft is still trying to compete with its Bing. Next was the efficient G-Mail, which has topped the market with regards to email service provider. On its heels came the Chrome browser, which has managed to capture a substantial market though it is still a newbie. The only reason internet explorer is still dominating the market is because it is pre installed on every windows computer, which by itself is present on 90 per cent of the desktop computers worldwide and 70 per cent of enterprise computers.

Until these products, Google was just creating applications that would run on the Windows platform. But then came the announcement of the new Chrome OS, which is touted to be a lightweight browser centric open source OS primarily for netbooks. It promises to hook users to the net in a few seconds on the fastest growing category of computers, namely the netbooks used by people on the go.

Google has started tying up with leading computer manufacturing brands to manufacture new netbooks that will have the Chrome OS preinstalled. The new netbooks will be tweaked to run the Chrome OS most efficiently, thus reducing the cost to the end users. This brings me to Apple, which has been manufacturing hardware to suit its software and vice versa. It is due to this reason that the Mac runs efficiently on all the Apple computers. Apple is making waves with its cutting edge technology, but it is concentrating more on its famous products like the iPod, iPhone and the iPad. I believe that this trend of optimizing the software and hardware will latch on and we should be seeing this happen very soon in the near future.

India is the fastest growing market for the Chrome browser. Also, netbooks are a cheaper option to desktops and laptops. More and more people are using the internet nowadays and Google is planning India to be one of the important markets.

But the major question here is whether Microsoft is worried about this hype. Windows is primarily a desktop OS and the whole world uses Windows. Also there are tremendous third party applications built for Windows. It is due to these reasons that Microsoft won’t feel a dent in its armor with the new Chrome OS. But with Google spearheading Cloud Computing, which is thought of as the future of computers, Microsoft is making developments in that category.

From how I look at this, existing users with Windows will not shift to Chrome OS due to the habit of using Windows. Corporate and Enterprise offices also will not shift to the new OS. Google is primarily aiming its new OS to the netbook users and the tech savvy youth. On a whole, with its Android for smartphones, Google believes, and rightly so, that the way we are using computers is changing. Desktops are giving way to laptops, tablets, smartphones, etc. Google wants to be the pioneer in this field. It wants to be the future.

What are your thoughts on this?

6 Responses to “Google Chrome Os Vs Microsoft Windows”

  1. heyiamdan
    July 1, 2010 at 10:01 pm #

    I don’t think desktops will ever go away. The reason i say this, is because of their power. Yes, there are laptops out there that can almost come equally to the graphic capabilities of a desktop, but there are a couple cons. 1, it’s a LAPtop. It’s going to get hot on your lap. Maybe not so much if you’re just using word documents and such, but i play world of warcraft and am currently gaming on an ASUS G50 laptop and i can cook an egg off this thing when it gets going. Now the reason i say desktops’ power is greater is because you’re pretty much unrestricted with what you can do to it (multiple monitors, upgrade graphics, multiple drives, much larger screens). It’s because of the gamers and corporate world that the desktops will never go away. They may be drastically changed as far as OS’s and inputs go, but i’m a firm believer in they’ll always be here.

  2. Jordan
    July 1, 2010 at 11:09 pm #

    I’ll certainly be switching my laptop to chrome OS as soon as its available, but, at 23 years old, I probably fall into the “tech-savvy youth” category.

    I’m even more looking forward to the android touch tablets. My phone has absolutely changed the way I look at recreational computer use, and I’m sure that once we see a good Android tablet I’ll use my computer for little more than work and graphics-intensive gaming.

  3. Rohit Bhat
    July 2, 2010 at 4:01 pm #

    @jordan: Good Android touch tablets are not far off. Even I am waiting to try out the new Chrome OS.
    @dan: I agree that nothing beats a desktop when it comes to gaming. I have always felt the need to switch to a desktop whenever I am playing any game on my laptop. The thing that is going to change is the way people use computers for less intensive work than gaming. Now, this new market will the place to look out for innovative products.

  4. July 3, 2010 at 2:54 pm #

    I think the new world of computing will be one where everyone has their own personal Google Chrome OS tablet as a take anywhere single access portal to everything. When they work in an office, they will still use the same device for everything except it will connect to the corporate LAN via WLAN. These people will be able to use old style desktop operating systems like Windows for legacy applications by logging into virtualized Windows instances running on corporate blade servers and using the Chrome OS tablet as a display device.

    The only desktops in use in this scenario will be a few users like CAD technicians and graphics artists who need a really fast graphics subsystem and a very large screen, and physical desktop PCs will become a specialized rarity.

    I think public access computing, computers in schools and universities will be replaced entirely by Google Chrome OS. After all, Google Chrome was built for Internet and information access and that is what users in these categories will mostly do. The low maintenance requirements of Chrome OS combined with cloud applications will kill off the traditional Windows desktop as a viable option in these areas.

  5. manfid
    July 21, 2010 at 1:21 am #

    the future is windows-less, in a decade microsoft will be remembered as the biggest derail in company history.

  6. January 18, 2011 at 6:21 pm #

    I see good potential in chrome OS as a user because of the kind of rapport that has been built by google with android.The success of android has proven the facy that its time for players like apple and microsoft to re look at the changing market and user needs.

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