According to StatCounter, a web tracking analytics company; Google’s Chrome OS has finally inched past Apple’s Safari while hitting 8.97% market share. On the other hand Microsoft’s Internet explorer still dominates the market at 52% market share followed by Mozilla’s Firefox at 28.5%.
As often seems the case these days, another engineer has left Google for Facebook. Matt Papakipos was the head engineer for Google’s Chrome OS Project. He had been working with Google since 2007 when his start-up (Peakstreem) was bought by the Internet giant.
Google’s Chrome OS has come a long way from it’s humble beginnings just a year ago when it was first announced. Ever since then, momentum has picked up; a look at the latest mock ups reveals that the operating system is more ‘ready’ than it has ever been.
Today Techcrunch revealed a series of images that they discovered on the Chromium OS development forums which show Google’s upcoming operating system’s latest UI developments.
Around this time last year when Chrome OS was first announced the tech world was gripped with excitement. We were all excited for different reasons; some saw an opportunity (developers) and others were just excited by the simple prospect of competition in the OS market.
‘Dell’ has finally decided that Chrome OS will be it’s operating system of choice for it’s upcoming netbooks and possibly even it’s laptops. Dell’s Amit Midha, president for greater China and South Asia confirmed this today
Apple’s Mac OS has been in existence since 1984 yet it has barely scrapped 5% of the operating system market share. The Linux OS Has also been available since 1991 and yet it has also achieved a tiny 1% market share. Hence we can safely say that in the last 20 years, the biggest contender to Microsoft’s hegemony has barely even scratched the surface.
Conduits has released a new platform to allow developers of all skill levels to create Apps for the upcoming Google Web Store. These Apps will function on the already booming community of over 70 million Chrome Users and users of the upcoming Chrome Operating System.
Speaking at the Computex event in Taipei today Google’s VP of product management (Sundar Pichai) announced that Chrome OS will officially launch in the fourth quarter of 2010. This puts the release date within the period of September and early December this year.