Google announces a new operating system they are calling the "Google Chrome Operating System". It appears to be built on the Google Chrome Browser (Berman Post: Google Chrome Goes Live). It is hard not to see this as Google's next step in a war against Microsoft (see a few headlines at the bottom of the post). If Windows 7 turns out to be more Visa-like then XP-like (in its final for that is), Windows is going to lose significant market share. This is especially true if Google's new operating system is anything like people are expecting it to be and is free.
"today, we're announcing a new project that's a natural extension of Google Chrome — the Google Chrome Operating System. It's our attempt to re-think what operating systems should be.
Google Chrome OS is an open source, lightweight operating system that will initially be targeted at netbooks. Later this year we will open-source its code, and netbooks running Google Chrome OS will be available for consumers in the second half of 2010. Because we're already talking to partners about the project, and we'll soon be working with the open source community, we wanted to share our vision now so everyone understands what we are trying to achieve.
Speed, simplicity and security are the key aspects of Google Chrome OS. We're designing the OS to be fast and lightweight, to start up and get you onto the web in a few seconds. The user interface is minimal to stay out of your way, and most of the user experience takes place on the web. And as we did for the Google Chrome browser, we are going back to the basics and completely redesigning the underlying security architecture of the OS so that users don't have to deal with viruses, malware and security updates. It should just work."
Huge banner headline at DrudgeReport.com "DOMINATE: GOOG PLOTS DEATH BLOW TO MSFT!".
Tech Crunch headlines "Google Drops A Nuclear Bomb On Microsoft. And It’s Made of Chrome." (http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/07/07/google-drops-a-nuclear-bomb-on-microsoft-and-its-made-of-chrome).
ZDNet "Google Chrome OS is a game changer" (http://blogs.zdnet.com/hardware/?p=4877) and "Chrome OS: good for you; bad for Microsoft" (http://blogs.zdnet.com/storage/?p=537).
Cnet "With Chrome, Google reignites the OS wars" (http://news.cnet.com/8301-17939_109-10281997-2.html).
Mashable "Google Chrome OS: Will It Kill Windows?" (http://mashable.com/2009/07/07/google-chrome-operating-system).
Update: A guide to the war between Google and Microsoft at http://mashable.com/2009/07/08/google-vs-microsoft.