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Lead Gmail Developer Predicts the Death of Chrome OS – I agree

Interesting story from Neowin:

Paul Buchheit, the creator of Google AdSense technology and the lead developer of Gmail, claims that Chrome OS will not still be here 12 months next year. This comes as quite a shock since Google has been so eager to get the OS and a testing device into developers’ hands by offering free devices to those who were chosen after filling out a simple application form.

The post appears on Paul Buchheit’s FriendFeed account – a service like Twitter created by Buchheit while he was at Google, and later sold to Facebook, stating that “ChromeOS will be killed next year (or “merged” with Android).”

I couldn’t agree more but for different reasons.

In a previous post , I had said that:

Google doesn’t have to worry about the corporate concerns when they build Chrome. They do have the luxury of having some space to try and make a good and new product but from the prototypes of the Chrome OS that I have seen, it seems that they are making a similar mistake to Microsoft. they are taking very cautious, natural and intuitive steps.

Think about the Chrome demos, they are starting from a very safe and logical place, the Chrome Browser.

While that may seem to make sense, it hardly seems very revolutionary and in fact, because people have the actual browser to compare it to, it seems clunky and a little awkward.

I stand by that.

I believe that Google have taken the LAZY, safe, logical and (yawn) boring approach with Chrome OS and as a result, it’s not going to be the major cloud OS that will garner widespread adoption.

Stay tuned for more in my ideal fantasy of what the ideal cloud OS should be

What do you guys think?

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  • Andrew

    I disagree, now with Native Client soon to be running in Chrome, it should be able to come close to matching the power of a desktop OS. It’s going to take the headache out of computing forever.

    It may seem at first like Chrome OS isn’t offering anything new but when you think about it, how many desktop OS’s can you think of that offer a completely synchronised experience regardless of your device?

    On top of this Google has plans to minimalise the UI to make it more like a desktop UI.They are stripping away the second bar, so the entire browser will look a lot more Windows’ taskbar and feel less like a browser.

    You can’t declare Chrome OS dead, before it’s even hatched…

  • xinu

    I agree that chrome os will be a failure, its simply not revolutionary and I dont know anyone who would give up the desktop experience against a cloud based glorified browser.
    Why spend $300 on a browser if you can have a normal pc with an internet browser for the same price which can do so much more? Are we really ready to move entirely to the web? I dont think so.

    • Andrew

      Yeah I admit it’s very underwhelming and so won’t have the cool factor and this will affect sales.

      It’s important to remember Chrome OS is designed to replace PCs, it is meant primerally for netbooks. I haven’t touched anything other than Chrome on my netbook in weeks and I think the vast majority of netbook users are the same. When it comes to netbooks all anyone wants is speed and internet access, in fact I can barely think of anything you can’t do in the browser.. CAD, coding… that’s about it.

      I agree we are not ready to move entirely to the cloud and there’s stuff you simply can’t do with Chrome, but compare it to iOS (the best-selling mobile and tablet OS) and you’ll see it’s a million times more advanced.