The Big Difference Between Google Chrome And Microsoft Windows

I just finished reading an article by Tim Bajarin who has written his take on how the Google Chrome operating system could change the computer industry. He reiterates a fact that we are all familiar with on how Microsoft has had a stranglehold on the personal computer companies for some 25 years. In addition is the main difference between Microsoft Windows and Google Chrome OS. That difference is cost.

While Microsoft continues to charge about $40 for PC companies to install Windows on a new computer, the Google Chrome OS is free. Yes, free, but with some limitations in place by Google. The first limitation is that a user must have a Gmail account, or some other Google services ID such as Google Docs. The second limitation is that Google has control over what extensions and applications can be installed.

As an example, I was unable to access my Netflix account to stream video. I would imagine that some time in the future I will be allowed to stream stuff from Google TV. Mr. Bajarin mentioned that the Google Chrome OS also does not support Apple iTunes. He wonders if we are just exchanging one stranglehold from Microsoft for another stranglehold by Google? Good point and a point that many of us will have to consider for both operating systems. There is also the stranglehold that Apple places on the users of any of the Apple products to deal with as well.

There is this statement taken from the article:

While this new OS should drive some important questions for the industry, what Google is doing is important and most likely represents the future of laptop and desktop operating systems. Clearly, browsers will be the gateway to the world of apps and information, and they’ll be the front end to the cloud. They will also be able to work as standalone operating systems. It will be interesting to see how Microsoft responds to this Chrome OS challenge.

I personally do not see that Microsoft needs to respond. Microsoft Windows and Google Chrome OS are two distinct and separate operating systems. Those who need the power of a high-end system — for video editing and such — will continue to use Windows. For those who need a computer to just surf the Internet with the luxury of a lightweight portable device, Google Chrome OS will fill that need.

There are also other alternatives such as the Apple iPad and smartphones that offer their own distinct attractions for some. We are entering into a technological age that is going to have something for all of us, with no one company totally dominating the computing field.

We, the consumers, will be the beneficiaries of these technologies.

Comments welcome.

Source – PC Mag

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  • Dick

    Gotta think that Linux is a better way to go. There are some really light versions of it out there that should run any netbook (or better) with real power.

    The only gripe I have with Linux is the lack of applications to replace the Windows app’s I currently use. However, as I get older the way I use the computer is changing and the special, high powered applications and not being used so much anymore. So maybe, for me, applications will become a non-issue in the future. But NOT for others.

    Some sharp open source programmers should look at the 100 most used Windows applications (NOT games) and come up with solutions that will perfectly mimic their power, speed and features. Not easy but perhaps built on existing applications, not impossible either. I would pay real $$ for that kind of application.

    I believe that Chrome will bring awareness of alternate OS’s to the general public and will benefit Linux in the long run.

    • Ron Schenone

      Hi Dick,
      I agree. Most users think that their only option is Windows.

  • UncleNinja

    “Mr. Bajarin mentioned that the Google Chrome OS also does not support Apple iTunes.”

    That’s a good thing.

  • Karl

    I know when I look at for some of the Linux variants there was at least one that I can think of that does video and sound editing which was Ubuntu studio I believe. Which will do it for you without a problem. I have several machines here are either Linux or windows depending on which machine that I am on here. Or if I am using a laptop of mine that I switch out the hard drive on it. And use either windows XP or Ultimate edition Ubuntu on that laptop.

    Whats gets to me over here. That microsoft assues that we all want its OS on every new machine. I would rather choose which one I want on either a hand built machine or on a machine that comes from a particular manufacturer like Lenovo, Dell, or Sony Viao as examples.

  • omputer support tampa

    I think it’s like comparing apples and oranges. The only thing in common is a shape. Those two OS’ targeting two completely different users.