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Google Chrome OS launches

google chrome os

Chrome notebooks are built and optimized for the web,
where you already spend most of your computing time.
So you get a faster, simpler and more secure experience
without all the headaches of ordinary computers. Welcome to Chrome OS.

Watch the videos demonstrating the main features.


Chrome notebooks boot in about 10 seconds and resume from sleep instantly. Your favorite websites load quickly and run smoothly, with full support for the latest web standards and Adobe Flash.


All your apps, documents, and settings are stored safely in the cloud. So even if you lose your computer, you can just log into another Chrome notebook and get right back to work.


With Chrome notebooks, it's easy to get connected anytime and anywhere with built-in Wi-Fi and 3G.


In today's world, any website - even well-known, legitimate ones - may be infected with malware. Just by visiting an infected web page, ordinary computers can get infected as well. Malware can exploit flaws in your browser to steal passwords, personal data, and financial information. It happens to millions of people without their knowledge.

Chrome OS is the first operating system designed with this ongoing threat in mind. It uses the principle of “defense in depth” to provide multiple layers of protection, so if any one layer is bypassed, others are still in effect. So while it’s still important to take precautions to protect your data, Chrome notebooks let you breathe just a little bit easier.


The web evolves rapidly. Your Chrome notebook evolves with it. Every time you turn it on, it upgrades itself with the latest features and fixes. Annoying update prompts not included.


There are millions of apps on the web to do almost anything you can imagine - from spreadsheets to video chat to photo editing. Web apps install instantly, update themselves, and store your data safely in the cloud.

Using a Chrome notebook

See exactly what it's like to use a Chrome notebook, from start(up) to finish.

Commenting on this Blog entry is closed.'s picture
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Lovely animations. Looks very promising. Seems like there are a lot of big benefits to Chrome OS, though probably some disadvantages as well, which they won't tell ;p might need some time to perfect.

When will it be launched? And is it free?

Ivan's picture

I think it will come with laptops that will be sold in mid 2011. But I bet it is free. Main disadvantage for us is you can't run CS on it.

ItalianMike's picture
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Well that and having your entire existence data mined by Google.

It's amazingly interesting to me how Google has built this good guy open image when at the end of the day they are trying very very hard to build their own little walled garden.

Google hating aside I don't know that a Chrome notebook is for me. I use gmail strictly to register for online services so I can funnel the inevitable junk mail they send me. I use email from my own domain for work, then for actual work it will be a while before web apps can replace real apps.

For me it would be a surfing machine, and at that point I'd rather have an iPad or other tablet.

kevin9794's picture
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And here is google making some wierd idea something great... again. If netbooks have captured a market chrome notebooks will do just fine. Theres a lot of people out there (I know quite a few) that just use the browser really, and would do fine with this notebook.

Its a good aproach to cloud computing, but I think maybe jsut a little to exagerated... :/ It leaves nothing to the actual machine!

I prefer an iPad. By far.

PS - I think the OS is free, although its just the same as chrome. No point on installing it on parallels.

MixiBoi's picture
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What this will comes down to is price. If this is priced sub $250, it will be a success...

This is all about simple internet access over high technology flashness(Hi iPad!) in a small form.

wgzn's picture
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ive tried using all the existing various google apps (mail, voice, docs, etc...)

but as a designer i just cant tolerate the absolutely shitty UI of everything google has done.
they make microsoft look elegant : (

qwertyale's picture
2045 pencils

Graphic use interface for kindergarten computers.

There will be times that you can not connect to wi-fi like indoors or far places for civilization then your notebook will be useless.

yes I'm brazilian xD

Ivan's picture

No, there is google gears for times when you're offline.

steveballmer's picture
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I am not Steve Ballmer pretending not to be me!

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