Google has recently announced the development of a new OS (operating System), called Google Chrome OS.

If you think that the name sounds familiar, then you are right! Google has another product, a web browser, called Chrome.

If you put 2 + 2 together, just like I did, you will get “4” as the answer: Google has its own browser, and now they will be releasing their own OS (Operating System), and they both carry the same name “Chrome”…Bingo! Google is aiming high at the SaaS (Software as a Service) market. Having an OS that greatly relies on the Web spells out “Cloud Computing”.

Google has been offering services and apps in the “Cloud” for years, but now they want to take it a step further and present us with a lightweight OS (Operating System) that will close the circle. Chrome OS should easily run on all Netbooks, and will allow the end users access their information from virtually anywhere, if there is a valid internet connection.

Some, including myself, may think that a Cloud based OS (Operating System) is adventurous and it is doomed for failure due to the fact that WiMAX and 3G/4G coverage is not great and present times . Well…Yes, it is risky but a few days ago Google announced that they have serious plans on developing a high speed  fiber-optic broadband in various locations around United States.

Having a super fast internet connection around the country will give a big advantage of Google’s Chrome OS. We know that building a fiber-optic network is not going to become a reality tomorrow, but we know where Google is trying to take us!

Linux | Linux | Linux: Google Chrome OS will be based on a Linux kernel and it will be considered a distribution of Linux. I know that this does not mean a lot to the average computer user and the occasional web surfers, but if done right that means that Google Chrome OS will be lightweight, Fast, Reliable, and Secure!!! What more do we want, right?

We all want one thing when it comes down to information technology and the Web – MOBILITY, ACCESSIBILITY and SPEED! If Google can bridge Cloud Computing and the OS (operating System) together, then Chrome OS will be a  success. Building the infrastructure to support this new “All-in-One” Cloud Computing model and changing people’s mindset is not going to be an easy task, but if done right – people will change and will take advantage of the great mobility and accessibility of the “Cloud”!!!

Google has released to code of Chrome OS for testing. The final product is expected to be released in June or July of 2010.