In a Google blog post about the new OS, Google stated "It's our attempt to re-think what operating systems should be". We all know what happens when Google starts to re-think what something "should be", they reset the expectations and create a new standard. Just look at what they did in the browser/search market, they made Google a verb. Could they be on their way to doing the same thing in the OS market? It's too early to make that call, but it's worth noting they are in the game and when they play it's usually to win.
In our initial CMB Tech Pulse research we found Microsoft is off to a good start with Windows 7, but Google Chrome is something we should all keep our eyes on. We asked IT decision makers about the strengths and weaknesses of all the operating systems from Windows XP, Vista, and 7 to the Mac OS, Linux and Google Chrome. Our panel rated each OS in areas such as competitive licensing costs, security, ease of use and administration. The results were clear, we saw strong messages about the capability of each OS and we expect to see further divergence as newer solutions like Windows 7 and Google Chrome become more established. To see how each OS ranked among our panel download the free report Windows 7 Uptake Plans. One thing is clear, the concerns with high licensing costs may drive some companies towards open source OS alternatives like Google Chrome. It will be interesting to watch how Google Chrome impacts the 38% of our IT decision maker panel who stated they plan to standardize on Windows 7 for netbooks over the next 2 years. How will Google Chrome impact the netbook OS market? Stay tuned, we plan to keep a close eye on that.
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