Microsoft have been dominating the operating system market since the PC was first released. The company creator Bill Gates has been at the edge of cutting technology right from the forefront. Nowadays Microsoft is the only operating system that is used on PCs, almost every computer comes pre bundled with the whole Microsoft package.
No one has even dared to launch an operating system for one of two reasons, the first being that they are very complex to program and build and the second is that no one could really compete with the billions of dollars and partnerships that Microsoft has created over numerous years.
But things could now be changing, because as we know there is another billion dollar company around the corner and that is Google. Google have indicated that they will be creating a new operating system for PC’s. They went on to say that by mid 2010 the operating system could be on sale to the vast majority of people.
Google have said that they are going back to basics with their operating systems stating that, “We’re designing the OS to be fast and lightweight, to start up and get you on to the web in a few seconds,” said the blog post written by Sundar Pichai, vice-president of product management, and Google’s engineering director Linus Upson.
Google have also indicated that operating systems have never really been designed to be used for the internet, so now they will make internet access and web based programs faster and easier to use then ever before.
I personally feel that Microsoft could be getting a bit scared, we already know that Google are one of the largest companies in the world, they also have a huge amount of web based applications. They are going to be creating this operating system from scratch, so they will be able to structure it around the current way in which users use computers. Google want to bring everything online and allow people to access their documents and work from any computer, for so long people have relied on their hard drives which then crash and make you lose everything. Google will be making everything and anything web based, which will also ultimately help their search engine in the future.
This will be one battle that a lot of tech guru’s simply will not want to miss, there may be room for only one operating system.