Why Google's OS Won't Beat Microsoft

Windows 7, open-source competition hold Chrome OS back
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jul 9, 2009 11:48 AM CDT
Steven Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft prepares to address The National Summit in Detroit, Wednesday, June 17, 2009.   (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
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(Newser) – Microsoft needn’t stress about Google’s planned operating system, writes Joseph Tartakoff for paidContent. Five reasons why:

  • Windows 7 will put Microsoft on firmer ground, having won great reviews so far—and it will have been out 9 months by the time Chrome OS appears.
  • Google’s not the only behemoth that knows users are running apps inside their browsers more often: Microsoft is developing a new "browser-based OS" with that in mind.

  • Chrome OS will face competition from Ubuntu and other open-source operating systems at a time when Ubuntu is emerging as the leader—further splintering the market.
  • Since Chrome OS is centered on the Web, users won’t likely be able to run any Windows applications.
  • This isn’t the first time Google has directly attacked Microsoft: see Google Docs and the Chrome browser; neither has grabbed much market share.