Gmail Creator Paul Buchheit: Chrome OS Will Perish Or “Merge” With Android

Gmail Creator Paul Buchheit:

Prediction: ChromeOS will be killed next year (or “merged” with Android)

People don’t get it — I didn’t at first. Chrome OS is there to replace Windows XP for hospitals, municipalities, large corporations, clothing shops for inventory management, gyms, etc. Anywhere browser-based apps only are used, Chrome OS is going to be huge.

Sure, we’ll see Chrome on Android, but it’s becoming increasingly clear to me that Chrome OS is to Chrome what XBMC Live is to XBMC. It’s Chrome plus a wafer thin client, for the markets that need just that. Which is a lot of markets.

2 thoughts on “Gmail Creator Paul Buchheit: Chrome OS Will Perish Or “Merge” With Android”

  1. Chris says:

    I think you’re missing something here. Chrome can’t replace what many of these markets are already using. Not as near as i can tell at least.

    1) many markets use software that is rock solid because it has been in use for decades. Chrome wont be ready for them for years if ever considering the way google just forgets about projects (wave)

    2) the developers of the software these industries trust don’t know squat about JavaScript and HTML. They know fortran and COBOL. And the hip kids that do know HTML and JavaScript aren’t nearly as jazzed to program a rock solid, never fail inventory management system when they could be building the next twitter.

    1. Joen says:

      1) many markets use software that is rock solid because it has been in use for decades. Chrome wont be ready for them for years if ever considering the way google just forgets about projects (wave)

      I think I agree with the gist of it, but I’m still not sure what type of software you’re referring to here.

      For stability, Chrome has been rock-solid for me, moreso than any browser. Security is something they’re touting. If it’s a web-app, chances are it’ll work in Chrome. How can Chrome OS then not replace Windows XP for those markets?

      2) the developers of the software these industries trust don’t know squat about JavaScript and HTML. They know fortran and COBOL. And the hip kids that do know HTML and JavaScript aren’t nearly as jazzed to program a rock solid, never fail inventory management system when they could be building the next twitter.

      Okay, I may have oversold the legacy market argument. I’m referring of course to places that run Windows XP yet the users live inside the browser.

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