It’s the ultimate showdown in the technology world, the clash of giants that has been eagerly awaited for years. Web giant Google is taking its clearest aim yet at Microsoft with its plan to produce its own operating system that would optimise the way computers work on the Internet.
The Chrome operating system is due to be out in the second half of next year and will initially be used in netbooks, company executives Sundar Pichai and Linus Upson said in a blog posting. The operating system would be released as free, open-source software, which would allow anyone to use or modify it.
At the core of Google’s vision is the most important trend in the networked world: the move from running applications on a desktop computer to running them through a web browser.
From Gmail to Facebook and Picassa to Twitter, the most popular uses for computers are no longer the disc-churning software programmes like Microsoft Office, which have clogged up hard drives for years. The new paradigm is cloud-based computing, where all the heavy lifting and storage is done on companies’ server farms, which people access over their broadband connections.
According to Google, it’s time that computers reflected the change.
“The operating systems that browsers run on were designed in an era where there was no web,” Google executives Sundar Pichai and Linus Upson wrote in a blog posting announcing the move.
The Chrome operating system is Google’s “attempt to re-think what operating systems should be”, based on three key attributes: “speed, simplicity and security”.
“We’re designing the OS to be fast and lightweight, to start up and get you on to the web in a few seconds. We are completely redesigning the underlying security architecture of the OS so that users don’t have to deal with viruses, malware and security updates. It should just work.”
That vision sounds like digital heaven for computer users who have wrestled forever with bloated software and computers that progressively get slower and slower.
“People want to get to their email instantly, without wasting time waiting for their computers to boot and browsers to start up. They want their computers to always run as fast as when they first bought them,” the Google blog said.
“They want their data to be accessible to them wherever they are and not have to worry about losing their computer or forgetting to back up files. Even more importantly, they don’t want to spend hours configuring their computers to work with every new piece of hardware or have to worry about constant software updates.”
As enticing as that prospect may seem, it’s not guaranteed to work, says Don Retallack, vice president of research at Directions on Microsoft – a company that tracks the software giant.
“Google may or may not have the experience and capability of actually producing an operating system and getting it deployed,” he said. “It may not realise how hard it is.”
According to the Sources are reporting that the Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard documentation says Intel is the only processor type supported by Apple’s latest OS X iteration, with at least 512MB of RAM being required as well.The next version of Mac OS X is code-named “Snow Leopard,” and will indeed be Intel-only, we have learned. This info is hot on the heels of about Mac OS X 10.6 being as soon as Macworld 2009 and being Intel-only.
According to our favorite computer manufacturer in Cupertino Apple Insider is reporting that Snow Leopard is indeed aimed at Intel Macs only. Documentation revealed at Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference this week proves it.
According to Apple, Snow Leopard delivers unrivaled support for multi-core processors with a new technology code-named “Grand Central.” The company claims this is its answer to the multiple-core problem developers have always stumbled upon. Grand Central is supposed to make it easier for devs to create programs that take full advantage of the power of multi-core Macs.
Open CL is based on C (programming language) and has been proposed as an open standard, according to the Cupertino-based Mac maker. Apple has made it clear that Snow Leopard raises the software limit on system memory up to a theoretical 16TB of RAM, emphasizing OS X’s focus on 64-bit technology as well.
People familiar with the situation have confirmed to us that TUAW’s details are true—Snow Leopard is currently on track to come out during next January’s Macworld, and it will not contain major OS changes. Instead, the release is heavily focused on performance and nailing down speed and stability. With Apple’s current (and future) focus on smaller, thinner, and more mobile devices, this move makes perfect sense. Things like the MacBook Air, iPhone, iPod touch, and other mysterious devices that have yet to be announced need better performance for better battery life, and that’s definitely something Apple wants to excel at in the years to come. Our sources did not note whether Apple planned to discuss Snow Leopard at this year’s WWDC.
Something else that may happen is that Apple may eventually wrap everything in Cocoa—things that are currently only Carbon accessible will be no longer. This should make many Objective-C programmers happy, although those who are married to Carbon may get a bit bristly at the news.
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Windows Vista is a line of operating systems developed by Microsoft for use on personal computers, including home and business desktops, laptops, Tablet PCs, and media center. Windows Vista was known by its codename “Longhorn”. The release of Windows Vista comes more than five years after the introduction of its predecessor, Windows XP, the longest time span between successive releases of Microsoft Windows
Windows Vista Features: Vista has many new features that aren’t included in XP. Among other features and benefits, it offers:
1) Help your kids stay safer
Worried about your kids’ computer use—or what they may encounter online? Now you can set boundaries on what your kids can do on the PC to give them a safer experience, using the centralized Parental Controls in Windows Vista. You can even restrict games and websites based on your family’s values.
2) See everything you have open at a glance
Lost track of what files and programs you’ve opened? Flip through all your open files and windows with a simple click of your mouse using Windows Flip 3DA—you’re just one click away from everything you’re working on.
3) Create a custom movie without a fine arts degree
In Window vista, creating a movie is very easy. You have to just use Windows Movie Maker to blend videos and photos into a rich movie, complete with your own soundtrack, titles, and credits. When your masterpiece is ready to share with family and friends, you can easily create a professional-looking DVD in Windows DVD Maker.
4) Bring your TV and PC together—and take home entertainment to a new level
Tired of huddling around the PC for entertainment? Connect your PC to one or more televisions in your home using a Windows Media CenterM Extender like Xbox 360, and enjoy all your digital entertainment on the big screen—from photo slideshows, home videos, and digital music to live and recorded TV shows and movies.
5) Record and watch TV on your time
You can watch TV on your own schedule—not the TV networks’ schedule. If your PC has a TV tuner, you can record, watch, and pause live television on your desktop or mobile PC using Windows Media CenterM. With TV tuners, you can record one channel while watching another.
6) Keep track of your music—and play it anywhere
The larger your collection of digital music grows, the harder it can maintain and keep track of it. But now you can easily scroll, flip, browse through, and play your entire music library in Windows Media Player 11. You can even create new playlists of your favorite tracks with a single click.
7) Surf multiple waves of the web at once
Like to jump from website to website? Satisfy your appetite for multitasking without having to open several browser windows. You can open multiple webpages in one window and easily click between them with the tabbed browsing feature in Internet Explorer 7—plus, you can see thumbnail images of all your open webpages at a glance with Quick Tabs.
8) Keep photos organized—and ready to share
Digital photo collection getting out of hand? You don’t have to search through folders to track down the ones you want. Now you can tag your photos with a date, keyword, rating, or any label you choose so you can find them quickly and easily in Windows Photo Gallery. Even you can also use Photo Gallery to fix and edit photos, after that you can share with your family and friends through e-mails, prints and etc.
9) Keep the things you need most at your fingertips
No need to open a web browser to check traffic and weather, open a calculator to add up a few numbers, or open an application to see your calendar. Now you can put mini-applications called gadgets right on your desktop, where you can see and use them whenever the mood strikes. Just use the Windows Sidebar pane to store and organize your favorite gadgets.
10) Find that file in a few quick clicks
You don’t need to remember folder names to be organized anymore. Save time by instantly tracking down any document, photo, e-mail message, song, video, file, or program on your PC using Instant Search. You have to just open the start menu and start typing in the Instant Search box. —Windows Vista searches file names, application names, the full text of all files, and metadata, and then display the results right away.
Plus, you can better protect your PC and your personal information, as well as your family, with built-in security tools like Windows Defender and anti-spam and phishing filters.