The Browser Is the New OS
The official Google assault on the Desktop is about to commence.http://www.zdnet.com/packaged-offline-ready-apps-will-be-the-new-normal-for-chrome-7000014816/
Chrome browser (and ChromeOS) are about to allow software developers to make & sell desktop "Apps" through the Chrome Web Store. Apps will look and feel exactly like a desktop program. They will have access to hardware like USB/Bluetooth. They will store data on your drive and work as seamlessly offline as they do online. They will auto-update the App version and sync data with the cloud as soon as you go online. They will run identically on Windows, Mac and ChromeOS. They will be built using the most pervasive languages in the world (HTML/CSS/JS).
BUT... You'll have to have Chrome installed. Thus the browser becomes the new Operating System, and which OS is running underneath gradually becomes irrelevant. This puts Google in the scary position of becoming the heir apparent to the Microsoft monopoly. Let's hope Apple, Microsoft, and Mozilla Firefox don't sit by idly. Chrome is, by some measures, now on about 40% of all computers (http://gs.statcounter.com/
I'm anxious to see how Chrome handles App security/permissions. I hope they are far less permissive than Android, which lets an App do just about anything as long as the user ignores a single nag screen during install (because let's face it, almost no one heeds those). I would much rather see a warning at the time that the App requests access to a feature ("This App wants to access your Contacts... Allow/Deny?"), akin to the iOS approach.
A major hinderance for developers is that making web apps work smoothly both online and offline is not yet an easy task. When that nut is cracked (and when IDEs/tools/debugging web apps matches the tools for native apps), the traditional Desktop OS will truly fall. #chrome #chromeos #microsoft #google #apple #macos #osx