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Google: Chrome OS 'Business Edition' for 2011

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Google going after businesses with... netbooks?

We all know that Google's got big plans, and one of them could be invading the business OS space. While there's no question that business computing is Microsoft's domain, Google intends to attack on the netbook front rather than take on Windows XP or Windows 7 Professional.

Although Microsoft levers Windows' compatibility, Google hopes to entice businesses with Chrome OS's security features. Will Drewry, a Google software security engineer, said that all of Chrome OS products will ship with the Trusted Platform Module as well as a "trusted bootpath," according to Network World.

Drewry says that Chrome OS is a "hardened" operating system with auto-updating and sandbox features that are designed to protect the OS from being infiltrated by malware.

While Chrome OS is still slated to be a consumer product first when it ships later this year, it should surprise few if the Internet giant isn't eye big business.

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    Anonymous , March 9, 2010 2:24 AM
    Cloud computing sounds like a great idea. It's always bothered me that I can use my computer when the internet is down. It's about time that feature was removed.
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    tpho2500 , March 8, 2010 11:05 PM
    first comment :D 
    I hope this lives up to my expectations.
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    Anonymous , March 8, 2010 11:08 PM
    Secure hey, really, are you sure about that, Is chrome OS not a cloud based OS based around google docs ect, all info server stored, Oh wait what was that article about Chinese hackers!!!!

    I smell a poo!!!!!
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    joex444 , March 8, 2010 11:13 PM
    Why wouldn't Google try to convince business users that they can use netbooks? What most business people actually do on computers is trivial at best.

    In my field, computers mostly run simulations or control some kind of device with either a laser or X-Ray device connected at some point. These are clearly not netbook friendly.
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    jsm6746 , March 9, 2010 12:02 AM
    in a typical office environment, the majority of staff only need an office suite and an internet connection. an os focused on this could really cut costs, although i'm not sure why you wouldn't go for another tried and true linux os with openoffice... and there are plenty of security concerns with allowing your employees to host files on someone elses servers...

    i believe this is a forward looking os... in which google is hoping 5-10 years from now everyone will be on the cloud and they will have an os built around that...
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    fjjb , March 9, 2010 12:09 AM
    oooh man google saying its really hardened OS? i think i remember Microsoft saying this stuff
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    False_Dmitry_II , March 9, 2010 1:31 AM
    hey greg224, he's referring to the fact that spreadsheets and word don't need much of a computer at all to do.
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    tenor77 , March 9, 2010 2:07 AM
    greg224hey joex444, when you said "What most business people actually do on computers is trivial at best.", are you referring to 3rd world countries? My office (and most people's I know) are migrating to a "paperless" work flow, which requires a computer to do almost all work. Get out of the stone age dude.


    There's that and most major corporations are like a glacier when it comes to change. IT would yell at me for not using IE. And it's a "Young" company
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    Anonymous , March 9, 2010 2:24 AM
    Cloud computing sounds like a great idea. It's always bothered me that I can use my computer when the internet is down. It's about time that feature was removed.
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    G-Systems , March 9, 2010 2:42 AM
    duff1234Cloud computing sounds like a great idea. It's always bothered me that I can use my computer when the internet is down. It's about time that feature was removed.


    Maybe the first "Thumbs-up" I've given for sarcasm. Wonderful execution. I love Google, and I look forward to installing Chrome OS (dual boot with Win7 b/c of the situation you described and because MS has more games available to it); but damn--that was great! You must have some practice... :-)
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    Gin Fushicho , March 9, 2010 3:28 AM
    I did some searching and watched the Beta demo, this will probably convince me to get a cheap netbook with wireless N and 3g/4g in it. =)
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    anamaniac , March 9, 2010 7:00 AM
    moriconSecure hey, really, are you sure about that, Is chrome OS not a cloud based OS based around google docs ect, all info server stored, Oh wait what was that article about Chinese hackers!!!!I smell a poo!!!!!

    You do?
    Maybe you should go and see if your toilet is backing up.
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    ohiou_grad_06 , March 9, 2010 7:22 AM
    Not liking the cloud concept. If your network goes down you are dead in the water. At least on localized systems, some data could could still be entered and stored on the machine until things could be restored.
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    Anonymous , March 9, 2010 9:00 AM
    anamaniacYou do?Maybe you should go and see if your toilet is backing up.



    Ummm yes you are right, It was, I am connected to the Google Pipeline you see!!!
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    wilburyan , March 9, 2010 12:28 PM
    greg224hey joex444, when you said "What most business people actually do on computers is trivial at best.", are you referring to 3rd world countries? My office (and most people's I know) are migrating to a "paperless" work flow, which requires a computer to do almost all work. Get out of the stone age dude.


    If your goal is "paperless"... a powerful machine isn't in your list of requirements. You don't need a workstation class machine to run Outlook and Word :p .
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    envolva , March 9, 2010 12:39 PM
    I wonder what exactly stops you from installing a cloud in one of your business server. This way you can keep the information secure and updated between all employees.

    But I digress, with every Google app I know “calling back home” with personal information I could never install a Google OS at my office. Maybe when MS distribute their cloud product this can boost productivity with shared files and central version control.
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    dman3k , March 9, 2010 1:26 PM
    well, unfortunately in the US, only T1 connection would be good enough for Cloud OS...

    I just don't see how home dsl or cable connections at our speeds could make cloud os usable.
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    cyprod , March 9, 2010 1:50 PM
    @dman3k, you do realize a T1 is a 1.5Mbps connection, right? My home cable connection is 6Mbps.
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    tayb , March 9, 2010 1:50 PM
    I can count the businesses who will be deploying this heavily on one hand. Actually I can count the number of businesses without either of my hands.
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    Jenoin , March 9, 2010 2:51 PM
    greg224hey joex444, when you said "What most business people actually do on computers is trivial at best.", are you referring to 3rd world countries? My office (and most people's I know) are migrating to a "paperless" work flow, which requires a computer to do almost all work. Get out of the stone age dude.

    You guys talking about word and excel must have misunderstood him. He means that he works at a company that used to run large simulations for oil & gas exploration by hand with pencil and paper...
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