Google has always been a threat to Microsoft. After unseating the software giant from the browser space, Google began hammering Microsoft’s position in Web mail, chipping away at Office’s features, and then pushing into the competitive browser market. Now Google is bringing out the big guns with Chrome OS, a cloud-based operating system clearly aimed at taking out Microsoft’s main fortress, Windows.
News of Google Chrome OS has sparked some heated debate here at PCW, and there’s plenty of disagreement about how the future will play out. Will Chrome’s cloud-based model finally push Web-based office apps into the mainstream and change the way we all work? Or will Microsoft’s long-held dominance dispose of Google’s new pet project just as it has kicked aside so many threats from Linux variants in the past?
There are good arguments on both sides of the question, and of course, this battle is just starting to heat up.