Before a crowd of reporters and guests, Google provided an update on its forthcoming browser-based operating system, Chrome OS, and invited attendees and select early adopters to try Chrome OS running on an unbranded netbook through a pilot program. Chrome OS aims to be speedy, simple and secure: all the things that the typical PC is not. It achieves these goals by limiting the user to Web apps, running in the Chrome browser. But Google doesn't see this as a limitation; it sees it as a way to pr
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It looks a bit like an Apple PowerBook G3 from the late '90s. Keep an eye out for the Samsung model next year.
Sundar Pichai, VP of product management, says that people spend most of their time on the Web these days. For Google, the future is in the cloud. "Cloud computing will essentially define computing as we all know it," said CEO Eric Schmidt. Chrome OS starts in seconds rather than minutes. It features sophisticated sandboxing -- the most secure sandboxing in any consumer operating system, Google claims. It's still missing some necessary features, like offline storage capabilities and printing. But they're coming on the next few months. And when Chrome OS arrives in mid-2011, expect businesses to be interested as well as consumers. To hear Google tell it, corporate IT executives have been inquiring anxiously about the progress of Chrome OS, intrigued by the promise of computers that are less expensive, more manageable, and more secure than traditional desktop computers.
InformationWeek Elite 100Our data shows these innovators using digital technology in two key areas: providing better products and cutting costs. Almost half of them expect to introduce a new IT-led product this year, and 46% are using technology to make business processes more efficient.
The UC Infrastructure TrapWorries about subpar networks tanking unified communications programs could be valid: Thirty-one percent of respondents have rolled capabilities out to less than 10% of users vs. 21% delivering UC to 76% or more. Is low uptake a result of strained infrastructures delivering poor performance?
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