Google: Chrome OS could replace 60% of Windows PCs

By Emil ยท 57 replies
Nov 26, 2010
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  1. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,304   +648

    Can't see this being realistic...unless you have a locked down intranet, you think security can be made by allowing the data to freely flow through the cloud?
    If this is internet only, I don't believe it, but, if Google would allow a sysadmin lock down an intranet, it could be possible?
  2. Benny26

    Benny26 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,535   +51

    Fly by the seat of your pants..Cap-i-tan (salute)

    You 'could' also fly if you got yourself a seat on a plane...but yeah, like thats ever going to that everybodys broke an all.
  3. RealXboxMaster

    RealXboxMaster TS Rookie Posts: 139

    Chrome OS will NEVER even come close to what MS has done with there Windows. No way in hell. MS controlls about 95% of the computers world wide. Chrome can go chrome my ballz...LOL
  4. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,285   +900

    How could this OS go over windows nt administration? Which big enterprise would want their data stored in a cloud that they cant control (Of course a lot of them do but they pay a premium professional top notch service for security, privacy and stability)?

    I would love to say basic home users could easily switch to linux for everything they do, on a more standard, secure and stable operative system. But we all know that is not true, it might be more secure and stable but it certainly is not easy, normal people dont want to go around the web searching for how to do things, they just want it done and who does that? Windows does.

    Who wants a system that they cant configure to their own image of what they use? Not even guys who know nothing of computers.
  5. Trillionsin

    Trillionsin TS Evangelist Posts: 1,595   +257

    i cant see how this could replace windows in the corporate world at all. Especially not where i work, in a banking environment.
  6. Lets hope most business owners and managers are smart enough to avoid this cloud crap. When I was a kid there was a saying that rang true then and still remains true even more today: "Keep your head out of the clouds when it comes to important things" --> know the difference between make-believe and reality. That means be creative, but don't be so drawn to the imaginary that you start thinking it is reality. You guys are right. Google needs to read these comments. Seriously. I think everyone here has some strong points based in reality without corporate fantasy...and none of us need to name someone "Linus" to be in charge of what we are doing so that we may feel like we are in charge of a "Lin"ux-like endeavor! --> Are you listening, Google?
  7. Now the NSA will have even easier access to your personal data rather than having to build backdoors into Windows. Seeing as Google is an arm of the NSA this should be easy as pie for them. Google OS may have some nice features and a great user interface but I question what's at stake regarding censoring, profiling of my character and data etc. Let's see how it goes..
  8. clifftheitguy

    clifftheitguy TS Rookie

    It's pretty hard for Chrome to replace Microsoft unless they can address the legal implication of data store. This is because cloud computing services involve the processing and storage of masses of data that is often commercially sensitive, confidential, and "personal information".

    Now, the key question with any cloud computing service is: "where is the data stored or processed?"

    It is a key question because location is not fixed in the cloud. Unlike a fixed server in your office or at a data centre in US, data in the cloud could potentially be located anywhere in the World and even in multiple data centres in multiple copies worldwide.

    In fact, a cloud service provider may not even know where the data is residing.
  9. I assume the "cloud" (most ambiguous term ever) could - at least in part - be served by a corporate intranet rather than Google's servers. Google's idea here isn't really new, corporate IT have flirted with the idea of thin clients for decades, but it's never really taken off.
  10. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,285   +900

    Not only the cloud problem, what about the networking system that business use? Can chrome behave like a windows server? Can you mount services on it or access windows focused services?
  11. If Google porfolio touches me, I'll have hin up on charges.
    The sheer audacity of the Man changing his his name to Linux Upyours is simply breathtaking!
  12. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,690   +96

    I guess google need to be froogle about the estimates when it comes to this captain.

    May be they need to realize that it can turn out to be 'cloudy with a chance of kick in the balls' for them. ;)
  13. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,961   +2,520

    Well, the scary part is, that like the lemmings, too many people are rushing to throw themselves into Google's "sea" of information gathering and privacy invasion, where all your personal data is poured ,then dissolved in a malodorous, corporate B***S*** broth. Listen up morons, it's not a "cloud", it's quicksand.

    Everything the Google gives you, makes you more dependent on them! That in turn gives them more control over you. It actually has reached the point where they think for you.

    It's like this. Everybody wants to either depend on Google, or work for Google, nobody wants to milk cows anymore! Guess what, Google isn't going to supply you with milk and cookies, just more, "targeted advertising".

    It's a shame really, we were such an intelligent species, until the intellect was Googled out of us.

    No run along children, and be sure to give Google your social security number.
  14. vangrat

    vangrat TS Rookie Posts: 223

    Actually, no they're not run in a browser. Most are built on legacy software that requires corporations to run on a crap OS like 2k or NT. Which means these companies have to run them in compatability mode on any of the newer Windows OSs, most of the time this does not work either.

    However, for home use, if Google really wanted to make their OS popular, they would get all of the gaming companies on board their OS. Where the games are, the geeks will follow.
  15. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,690   +96

    Well as they say the devil is in the details; even if by some miracle this happens, with the current relatively 'okay' broadband speeds the games will take considerable time to run. Hence, the proposition is nothing more than a pipe dream for google; which probably will not come to pass for many years to come.
  16. Lokalaskurar

    Lokalaskurar TS Enthusiast Posts: 544

    Yeah, 60% of the PC's will be commited to the Google-services forever after...
    Well, atleast a Windows PC will be usable whether I lack an internet-connection up in the Rockies or not.
  17. fpsgamerJR62

    fpsgamerJR62 TS Rookie Posts: 489

    The corporate software market is a hard sell, even for Microsoft. Look how long it took to get corporate clients from XP to Windows 7 and there are those who are still using IE6. Google should concentrate on beefing up their Chrome browser and maybe one day, get Windows Update to run on it so that I no longer have to start up IE to check on my OS updates. That would be a real kick in the nuts for MS.
  18. ddg4005

    ddg4005 TS Guru Posts: 383   +54

    I think the talking heads at Google may be smoking chronic if they think they're going to replace Windows on 60 percent of PCs with Chrome OS.
  19. I think you are all corporate system administrators trying to save your job, lol.
  20. Imo this is impossible. The only possible way imo is to make the desktop a web-server and run everything on it. But to make this web-server you require a basic OS. So basically it is like a trail edition of classic OS-es.
    Let's assume that till now everything is possible but how can this make use of all the power of todays high-end hardware ?
    And imagine if data were to be stored on the internet...where will it actually be stored, how fast your internet connection would need to be, how are you even SECURE.

    This would probably require programmers to learn a new programming language and kill classic languages (impossible).

    It is true you can do a lot of things whit a web-server/browser, but I have never seen a game like crysis on a browser...

    This OS will not be so good IMO. I would personally make and OS that has all functions organized into profiles you want to use based on your activity, whit none to few things hidden or hard to change. Something like an OS functions manager whit all things the OS can do in one place and you can chose what you need and what not.
  21. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,690   +96

    Infact the corporate types will be happiest one if things move in to this 'cloudy sh**'; simply because google or anyone else can't provide guarantee for 100% security and availability; do I need to remind you how often just the email systems have faced issues/outages so far? Forget about any other offerings.

    I don't know how people comeup with such stupid comments; they need to understand that it is about 'money' and google (or for that matter any other corporation) is out their to get it; no matter what they have to do to get it; hence, ethics or standards (most of the time) are just a smoke screen, period. Apple have tried to penetrate OS market for good part of last two decades, and failed; my hunch is history is about to repeat itself; only this time around it will be google at the receiving end.
  22. Dear Linus Upson, get your head out of the "cloud." Really waiting to see this fall right through the roof, I highly doubt 60% is a number close to replacing any OS. Personally, I wouldn't trust securing my data in any cloud at all. This article just tickles me to death, as Google is trying to take over the World...Wide...Web..LOL.
  23. I would like to try this new OS and i think Google will surprise us.
  24. Good luck with that. Security is still so hit or miss...not a day goes by without news of a Browser vulnerability, security breach, security leak, or something, not to mention serious lack of consistency as to how information is kept secure....if at all. This doesn't even address site or internet provider outages. Yeah, I'm sure some companies will fall for the hype and prematurely sack their sys administrators, but then who gets the blame and takes the fall when the security gets breached or the cloud breaks and your data is gone or inaccessible.
  25. I hope his google system admins read this article.. LOL

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