Microsoft® Compares Windows® 7 to Google™ Chrome
Microsoft officially responded to the news of Google releasing the Google Chrome operating system as open source to developers on November 20. We have to wait for at least another one year before the Chrome OS will be available to end users. The main target of Chrome OS will be netbooks that works with always-on-data connection. It will allow launching and running of applications from cloud for browser based operating systems. Applications will be stored in cloud and will be accessed from Google Chrome Web browser.
With still a long duration left for the Google Chrome to launch, Microsoft is already citing Windows 7 as the best alternative for working on both desktop and the Web. From the open source which was shared by Microsoft it is predicted that Google Chrome is still in its early stages of development. Microsoft spokesperson told in an interview with eWeek that they are already receiving approval from clients on the way Windows 7 works across Web and desktop and on all different sizes and different types of PCs. He also suggested proudly that Windows 7 has sold twice as many units of pre-installed and boxed software as compared to any other Windows operating system in a given time frame. However, he declined to reveal the exact figures on sales.
In the short time of release of Windows 7, it has given reason to Microsoft to believe that it will maintain primacy in the operating system market. Statistics show that Windows 7 has already occupied 4% of market share by Nov 9 which is much higher as compared to Vista. However, the rising use of cloud computing and browser-based OS like Chrome have the potential to affect the OS market in long term. The main factor which might result in Chrome's retard among business users is that chrome will apparently not support the traditional desktop.