I keep blogging about this, even though the message seems to be falling on deaf ears. Let me repeat: this is going to put Microsoft out of business. Did that get your attention?
This not just another browser, it is both a browser and an operating system combined. This means Windows will go bye-bye – and of course, IE too.
Vaporware has been common in the software industry. Some companies, and Microsoft is typical, will announce that it is developing a great new product. This serves two purposes: it brings their stock price up and it scares off the competition. Microsoft, for example, announced its Longhorn operating system – but never delivered it, and had to settle for Windows Vista instead.
In the last company I worked for in Silicon Valley, we didn’t really have a product, we just claimed we did, and got a lot of money that way – until people finally wised up. In other words, deceit is common.
But Google seems to be different. They not only said they would be doing it, but that it would be open source, and would be released incrementally, as work progressed, so developers could take a look at it and see how it is coming along – and to see if it was real.
One young sharp young developer in England, who hasn’t even graduated yet, has been releasing his own versions of the Chrome OS. This young man does not have to worry about getting a job, he will have his pick of them. This does not mean his life is perfect. I have known some of these bright young types, and they are as good as anyone else about messing up their lives. But at least they don’t have to worry about money.