Are you a PC owner who doesn’t want Windows 7? Is Karmic Koala not your thing? Well, Google might have your answer as soon as next week. TechCrunch is reporting that Google’s famed Chrome OS, first announced in July, is almost ready for public use. As this is the first go-around for Google in the OS market, there will certainly be some bugs to work out. But for the most part, the products and services they offer work better than average at release, and I expect the same this time. As TechCrunch points out, the biggest hurdle for them has been getting all of the hardware drivers to function properly, and the rumors have been split whether Google was writing them themselves or getting them from the manufacturers.
Early reports indicate that Chrome OS is directed more toward netbooks than desktops; so, it won’t be a Microsoft-killer anytime soon. Also, I have yet to see commentary regarding its integration with their Android phone platform, but one would assume that if Google wants to tap into Microsoft’s market share in the slightest, integration is going to have to be one of their big selling points. Soon, though, our questions will be answered.
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