Google has spent a lot of time developing ChromeOS for Chromebooks. However, the use case for these Chromebooks seems to be limited. They are very likely to replace netbooks compared to desktop operating systems like Windows, Linux and OS X. At the same time, Google’s Chrome browser is now the most used web browser in the world. Using Chrome’s popularity on the desktop, Google is now working on bringing Chrome OS to Windows 8 via Chrome’s functionality.
Microsoft has given web browsers a special access mode to its system, wherein these browsers can play well with the Metro interface. This access also lets web browsers mimic the Metro App functionality, thus giving webapps almost equal importance as native desktop apps. Google has taken advantage of this to deliver ChromeOS like functionality straight on top of the Windows 8 desktop. Google Chrome on Windows 8 now gives users the same UI i.e Taskbar, app launcher etc. that Chrome OS has. Even though this is buggy, the development is important from Google’s point of view. They are putting Chrome OS directly into Windows. Since a lot of users swear by Chrome, they will inadvertently start using the Chrome OS features that the browser will ship. It is to be noted that these new Chrome features haven’t still made it into the stable channel of feature releases and are still being tested on the developer version of the browser.
Google is also working on an improved touch support for the Chrome browser and this will result in a better touch experience compared to the current version. The new Chrome features will only work on Windows 8 and not Windows RT. Analysts are likening this move by Google to the Trojan Horse, and it indeed seems to look that way. Google could directly get its own app ecosystem on top of Windows 8 via the Chrome Store. However, it is impossible to think that Microsoft will allow this to happen easily. There is quite a bit of tension between the two companies over procedures and rules, an example would be Google killing off Youtube functionality on Windows Phone because Microsoft didn’t let Youtube ads display in the app. I expect a lot of resistance from Microsoft towards this move by Google. However, if Google happens to make this work, then it will definitely give a people a new way of using a Windows desktop and get more people to use its services in a easier way.
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