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Google, VMware Offer New Twist on OS Battlegrounds

Sep 25, 2008, 17:08 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Rubens)

"Why should Chrome be seen as an OS? Holding Shift and Escape while viewing any page in Chrome brings up the Chrome task manager, enabling users to end processes within the browser. That's interesting because ending processes is a task an OS normally performs. This and other facts have led many pundits to proclaim Chrome is (or will become) an OS for Web apps. Those who don't want to stretch it that far have suggested Chrome is more of a cloud operating environment for conventional OSes, in the way early Windows releases were graphical operating environments for DOS."

"What does Google say? 'No, I would not call Chrome the operating system of Web apps. I think it is a very fast engine to run Web apps,' Sergey Brin, Google co-founder & president, reportedly opined at the Chrome launch demo."

"And who would argue with Sergey? If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck, as they say. But a duck that, like VDC-OS, is a challenge to Microsoft nonetheless."

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