When Does a Browser Become an OS?
there’s much hub-bub about the new google chrome being a threat to ie… wait, no. it’s a threat to firefox and opera and safari. afterall, it’s a browser. or even worse, it’s not even a threat to ie6 much less windows!
and then, you have the guys who are saying that it’s a threat to windows. they, of course, are right, tho none of them have really articulated why it’s a threat to windows. there’s some “google os!” talk, but no one really lays that out. it’s kind of a tricky thing to explain it, really.
and, you know me… i’m here to make things that are hard to explain simple!
so, why is chrome a threat to the traditional os?
1) it has the web. duh. the primary activity people do on their computers these days is surf the web. commerce, entertainment, news — chances are most of your computer-ing day is spent in a browser.
4) the flavor of traditional os underneath won’t matter anymore. just like the bios and drivers and all the other computer plumbing underneath your traditional os doesn’t matter, windows, linux and osx won’t matter. nobody (other than the occasional SERIOUS nerd) cares about all that stuff because they don’t actively use it. it comes pre-installed on their computers and worst case, they have to click some sort of “update reminder” thing. windows, linux and mac will all become boring middleware that the average person doesn’t care about. because, as #3 above states, they just get their full applications as plugins that work on every single traditional os.
still having issues visualizing all of this? just read back through that comic book and where they talk about a tabbed browser bar think “windows task bar” and where they talk about plugin, think “installed windows application like outlook or word”.
we are on the very cusp of a brave, brave new internet os enabled world and it has nothing to do with any of the profit centers up in redmond.