Chrome Proves, No Future for Web OS
It’s far to early for me to actually review of the new Google Chrome browser but my gut still says this beta is huge news. Based on what I’ve read so far, the real news about Chrome is that it proves the concept of a web based operating system will never work.
So far, the most compelling articles you’ll read about Chrome are two topics which are diametrically opposed to each other, Web based applications and privacy.
While many may look at Chrome as just another browser don’t be fooled. It’s a direct attack at Microsoft and it’s control over the who sees what on the Internet and eventually the desktop.
“Chrome's threat to Microsoft is much bigger than Web browsing or a new Web-based application platform. For years, Google has encroached on Microsoft's most important territory: the Windows desktop. Chrome will be Google's best attempt yet to supplant the desktop.”
Computerworld’s Heather Haverstein wrote…
Google's Chrome aims to kill Windows, make Web the OS of choice
Even Google’s says…
This all sounds great until you read what people are saying about Chromes Terms of Service.
I tend to agree with CNet’s Matt Also who wrote:
Even if I trust the folks currently in charge at Google, what about the future?
Googles Matt Cutts counters in his post:
“Preventing paranoia: when does Google Chrome talk to Google.com”
As the beta grows I’m hearing more and more concerns about privacy. What if every character you typed in to your Word document was sent to Microsoft? This is an inherent nature of running application on the web.
I’ll admit my customers/supporters are a little more concerned with privacy than your average user but I hear daily from folks worried about someone having access to their data. I just don’t see a future where your data exists on some a remote server under someone else’s control.
My newest quote; “From my cold, dead hard drive”.
Chrome users: To access Chromes first reported easter egg, type “about:internets” into the browser.
Update: Easter eggs thanks to our friends at CloudEight