The posts are lining up and falling gradually into place. The juggernaut of the computing industry is positioning itself to supersede any other operating system and computer we have seen to date. Google's ambitious move to create a 'cloud computer' that is cut price web based computer will shake computing to its core.
According to industry writer and former executive editor of the Harvard Business Review Nicholas G. Carr in his new book "The Big Switch: Rewiring the World, from Edison to Google." He hypothesised applications and files would be stored on a large, centralised supercomputer whereby users log in and save their files to this supercomputer.
Imagine a computer with no hard drive, no CD drive and therefore no major moving parts. Now imagine a computer that simply connects to the internet, is never required to be turned off (in fact there is no off button) and will never need updated because the Operating System is non existent. How could it be used? Has this been done already? The answers are "yes" and "yes!". Take the idea from Live Kiosk which has created a computer that doesn't require a hard drive and instead uses the CD Drive to create an Operating System that simply loads up one fundamental piece of software: Internet Explorer (it will actually be Google Chrome).
Now you have the makings of an extremely cheap 'computer' that is always connected to the internet. By using the plethora of Google applications that are web based you can then have a computer for less than NZ$300. The most incredible thing is that is won't need updating, repairing or any maintainance, just a screen, small box, keyboard and mouse. With this function Google will win the race and illiminate all other opponence by simply not allowing any other viable option.
Google has created the initial Operating System set to rock computing to the core. It is in the form of the Google Andriod OS. Although initially it will be for mobile phones. It makes a great platform for launching a computer that will be (if you want) as small as a mobile phone. Development is in its early stages but the refining is continuing on the gOS.
Although this will take time, the writing is on the wall as discussed by the Google President in this interview. This phenomenom has been discussed for years now, but it has taken Google time to complete all the chapters in the book. Each chapter represents a replacement for Hard Drive software applications, for example: Word, Powerpoint is now Google Docs. Has this started? The posts are in place, just the cement has not set.
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