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The age of Chrome

Zafar Anjum | Jan. 13, 2010
Google Chrome OS is targeting the fast-growing netbooks markets, says Google official

Caesar Sengupta, Googles product management director for Chrome OS

SINGAPORE, 12 JANUARY 2010In terms of users, Google Chrome OS has edged past Safari, said Caesar Sengupta, Googles product management director for Chrome OS.

With about 40 million active users, Chrome has achieved this feat only one year after its launch, said Sengupta, who briefed the media in Singapore last Thursday (7 Jan). The OS runs 39X faster with JavaScript than Microsofts Internet Explorer and so far, 19 of its stable releases or updates have been issued.

According to Google, Google Chrome OS is an open source, lightweight operating system built around the Google Chrome browser, which is initially being targeted at netbooks. It's our attempt to re-think what operating systems should be and is built around speed, simplicity and security, says Google. We're designing the OS to be fast and lightweight, to start up and get you onto the Web in a few seconds.

True to its announcement, Googles Sengupta shared with the media here some major developments in Chrome OS.

Sengupta said that since most of the operating systems were developed at a time when the Internet was in its infancy, they are not geared to give net users a great Web experience. Therefore, Google had to rethink the OS and optimise it for the current user requirements.

The Chrome OS is focused on speed, simplicity and security. In a Chrome OS device, the boot up time is just seven seconds. In the OS, all files are opened by a service and for security, there is a verified boot system. The OS runs only Web-based applications.

Another interesting feature of the Chrome OS is that every time you boot up, you start where you finished, said Sengupta. The OS gives the users a great in cloud experience.

According to Sengupta, the OS is being developed for netbooks which have become popular all over the world (35 million of them were shipped last year alone). Google is talking to all major netbook manufacturers to have the OS available in their machines, said Sengupta.

The Chrome OS, an open source development, is expected to be released in the latter half of this year, Sengupta said.


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