Chrome OS will push Apple to address failings, say analysts

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    Competition is good. :)
     
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    I completely agree with this.
     
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    The "experts" are morons. What else is new?

    If Chrome OS runs on netbooks and Apple doesn't care about netbooks, then so what? Apple has the iPhone and iPod touch to compete in that space, and will probably have a larger tablet sooner or later.

    Chrome OS is an interesting idea, but in the long term will get squeezed out from the high-end by full-featured OSes (Windows, Mac OS X, Linux) and from the low-end by smartphone OSes. Google should just spend the development effort on making Android better IMO.
     
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    I really don't think Apple is too worried. I like this statement:

    With iLife, Apple offers something that a "stripped-down" browser can't. A Chrome OS sounds like something that would appeal to the netbook crowd — people who want something cheap for doing simple communication and Net work. That's never been Apple's market, and the company has repeatedly expressed no interest in low-end devices. But I agree that this move by Google will encourage Apple to keep innovating and keep their prices competitive.
     
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    Really? So what's to stop Chrome OS being loaded on 13" laptops given that there are already 12" netbooks? It is, after all, x86 compatible.
     
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    Chrome OS is more of a threat/(opportunity) to the old Win98 PCs still running around the world. There are millions of these which will NOT go to Windows 7 due to upgrade pricing etc. So Chrome OS would find a normal fit. Besides, this being he "ultimate" Cloud Computing client in future, it will innovate and specialize very quickly to specific CPU architectures.

    Imagine there is no need to run stupid Anti-Virus software to bog down an already slow PC. Chrome OS will soar. So M$ is the real target. Apple can benefit with VirtualBox doing a VM with ChromeOS to prove the ultimate sandboxed security for future Cloud Computing.:p
     
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    And what, pray tell, does any of this have to do with MacOS X or the MacBook or MacBook Pro?
     
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    And once again these 'analysts' miss the point completely.

    Apple clearly have no need to release a low end laptop as they are doing very well without one and as long as they do not market such a product this OS means nothing to them.
     
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    Mhm... Apple offers 'the whole package' - that doesn't really fit very well with a stripped-down Netbook OS. Hell, my iPhone feels much more accomplished than my Dell netbook running XP on Vodafone, lol.

    I don't really see how a Chrome OS will affect them. It's much more interesting for Microsoft, given that they have, what, 97% of the Netbook market now yet are holding that with a very old, very bloated OS.

    A very-web-centric OS for Netbooks and low spec PCs will be awesome :)
     
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    Netbook means nothing. All it means is it's light enough to run on netbooks, so it can run on ANY computer. This OS is created to further Google's cloud computing in the business world, and if it works there, it should also work in the consumer level...people are already using google mail and have access to google doc, calendar, ert. All directed against MS and Apple arena.
     
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    Aside from the competition from an OS that touts itself as safe, secure and 'just works' yet can be used on multiple - and therefore cheaper - platform variants you mean?
     
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    Now, you are just stringing words together. The Chrome OS will be yet another Linux-based operating system. There is nothing to suggest that this Linux variant will receive a better popular reception than any of the Linux variants that have gone before.
     
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    Competition always drives innovation in Apple. However it'll be at least a year until we see any of this develop into anything of substance. Apple has a big heads up in the OS game...
     
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    Which hasn't stopped a lot of commenters and bloggers proclaiming this as the death of MS.

    Sauce for the goose and all that.
     
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    Seems like a somewhat fair competition.
     
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    At the moment Google's OS is nothing more than vapourware. I'd guess that neither Microsoft or Apple are too concerned. The Linux community, however...
     
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    That was a great write up! :p
     
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    Other Operating Systems that are challenging for a share of the marketplace...

    ReVo OS

    Phoenix OS

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
     
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    Again you just string words together. You have yet to present a coherent argument or even a statement of how this affects the Mac in any way.
     
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    I'm not sure how it can be any simpler. If Google make an OS that is safe, secure and runs on multiple hardware configurations and this OS can be used on 13" laptops then it's going to eat into Microsoft's and Apple's market share.
     
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    The primary market for the OS will be OEMs. To the extent that even a single OEM installation of ChromeOS will come out of Microsoft's hide, it is trivially true that ChromeOS will hurt Microsoft. Whether it is short term or long term, is a guess. I am guessing short term. MacOS X, however, is not a merchant OS. It does, however, provide complete support for Apple's computer hardware. ChromeOS does not. Except as a curiosity, there is no reason for a Mac user to switch to ChromeOS. Even if some do, however, Apple would lose no marketshare because its OS was sold with its hardware.
     
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    Whether you like it or not Apple are an OEM. Until now people wanting to switch from Windows to a platform that is viewed as more stable and secure have had precisely one choice with that choice coming at a premium price. If Chrome OS comes to fruition and delivers on its promise that will no longer be the case.

    You're being incredibly naive if you think that no Mac owner will consider a switch. Although anecdotal I would as would two of my Mac owning friends because the point is experience and usage - the usage of my Mac is browsing and light productivity. If Chrome OS can match the experience at a reduced cost on a greater choice of hardware then I - and I suspect many others - will vote with their feet.

    At the moment though it remains to be seen if Google can deliver a product that can threaten either MS or Apple. That said, let's be clear here - Google are interested in maximising their profit lines and don't really care if that involves taking sales from MS, Apple or both.
     
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    you are guessing too much, both statements above can easily be untrue, and any conclusion drew from individual's guess probably holds little water in reality.

    I stated clearly about my doubt about google OS: I doubt it will reach 2% by 2012.

    Google does have the power to surprise me, which I have no question about, so I will reserve my judgment on their OS attempt until I see it. But since an OS is much more complicated than a browser, and it needs to provide support for a variety of hardware/softwares, I do feel the chance of google OS getting any where more than 2% is quite low.
     

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