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Chrome OS is not a threat to Windows « GartenBlog

“Launching a new PC OS is not easy even if your target is a cloud. Targeting netbooks in 2010 isn’t the answer either. As I’ve pointed out, netbook are laptops with a pivotal axis of price. We’re seeing netbooks with 12″ screens, full sized keyboards and 300gb of storage. Does anyone think that netbooks aren’t going to evolve further? Consumers have overwhelmingly rejected Linux flavored netbooks for Windows capable machines that they could actually accomplish things on, such as run PC applications.” 

While I disagree about netbooks being only about the price, Michael is completely correct to point out that customers have generally rejected Linux-based netbooks in favour of Windows ones. Although I think there’s a lot of mileage in improving the Linux experience on netbooks (and Moblin/UNR are already ahead here), given the choice I would expect the majority of people to buy Windows.

Of course, the key question is whether they’ll continue to have that choice, given Microsoft’s transition to Windows 7. But given the date of Chrome OS’ release, which isn’t until some time next year, we’ll know the answer to that question before Chrome comes out.

Another thing to note: Chrome (the browser) has had almost no success in gaining market share. And a whole OS is a much more difficult sell to consumers than a browser. If I was a betting man, I wouldn’t bet on Chrome OS getting more than single-digit market share any time soon.

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  • http://www.google.com/ Chrome

    I dont agree with you. Google will be the best and it will rule the web and very soon OS. :)

  • micah

    …a single digit market share would be magnificent, are you kidding? And you're wrong about Chrome's user base…it's huge, considering it's age. It's third right after Firefox…and it's only been out like a year. As in, it's beating or comparable to Safari, depending on where you look. AFTER A YEAR!?!? That's unbelievable. It's actually rather frightening. And if Moblin had anywhere near the deep pocket of Google, it'd be mopping the floor with just about every other OS…because it's lightning. I get the feel that Google Chrome is going to really blow up. It's almost scary.

  • http://www.technovia.co.uk ianbetteridge

    Ah… no. Sorry. Chrome is fourth, with 1.8%, after IE, Firefox, and Safari.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Usage_share_of_web

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