60% Enterprise may Reject Windows for Chrome OS: Google

By Dipankar Das, Gaea News Network
Monday, November 29, 2010

google-chrome_os_screenshot-01 It is become pretty clear by now that Google will not be able to launch stable version of  Chrome OS  this year. The company is only expected to release the stable edition of Chrome OS early next year. Rumors are flying around at Google that Google Chrome OS will be delayed till 2011 or Crome and Android OS are going to merge to form a common platform. The Chrome OS is aimed for the computers that will be used as web browser and don’t store any of their data locally but keep it in the cloud.

According to the latest New York Times report, Google recently deployed new systems that come with Chrome OS to internal Google employees including Sergey Brin. The interesting part of the Times story:

“Mr. Upson says that 60 percent of businesses could immediately replace their Windows machines with computers running Chrome OS. He also says he hopes it will put corporate systems administrators out of work because software updates will be made automatically over the Web,” said Linus Upson, Chrome chief and Google vice president of engineering.

Mr Upson further added that Chrome OS is going to handle the software updates automatically without any intervention of the System Administrator. Those people can be freed to do more important job.

However, Mr Jason Hiner of ZDnet thinks that it is next to impossible that 60% businesses are going to switch to Chrome OS because the OS is aimed for Netbook only. According to TechRepublic poll, majority of the enterprises still provide their employees desktops and not laptops. Additionally, a small percentage of the laptop owners only carries Netbook. The other issue is  that Netbook dominance will be challenged by Tablet PC and Smartphones. But, Mr Upson commented, “We are starting with laptops and we will expand in both directions.”


November 30, 2010: 7:59 am

What rubbish!
If these enterprises are not willing to leave Windows for Linux, they will never switch to Chrome OS.

It is not just the OS that matters. People need compatible applications to run on it, at not additional cost.

If switching to Chrome means leaving behind MS Office for Google’s Docs and Gmail on enterprise level, Google is dreaming….

There is no replacement for MS’s Outlook at a large enterprise level.

What about custom tools?

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