Reuters has an article out today claiming that Google's Chrome is set to challenge Microsoft Windows' domination of the PC operating system market. Google has had a great deal of success with its online programs. Many believe Google's software designers have outshined those at Microsoft when it comes to e-mail, searching, mapping, etc. But can it take the operating system market by storm with its new Google Chrome software? It won't be easy.
Reuters says that Google has a very specific plan of attack:
Google, which already offers a suite of e-mail, Web and other software products that compete with Microsoft, said on Tuesday it would launch a new operating system that will initially be targeted at netbooks.
And in case you didn't know, Reuters explains:
Netbooks are low-cost notebook PCs designed for Internet surfing and other Web-based applications.
That's an interesting strategy. The quickly growing netbook market seems like prime territory to begin distributing a new operating system into the market. Most U.S. consumers are realizing that they rarely use their computers for much beyond internet surfing, e-mail and word processing, which makes cheaper, more portable netbooks very attractive. The drawback of netbooks, however, is that they generally have less memory than laptops. That difference really matters when they come pre-loaded with an operating system like Windows, infamous for hogging memory.