With the launch of ChromeOS, Google CEO Eric Schmidt realized his long-time dream of building a network computer. Today, Dave Girouard, Google Enterprise president, in a blog post, vividly paints the company’s cloud-future. As it takes on Microsoft, Google believes 2011 will be about Web OS.


With the launch of ChromeOS, Google chief executive Eric Schmidt has realized his long time dream of building a network computer, one that taps into the Internet and offers browser-based-network-hosted applications. My view, when it comes to the ChromeOS? Google should forget chasing the consumers and go hard after the corporate market – especially after verticals that need low-cost, zero-maintenance machines dedicated to a few tasks.

It looks like Google is headed in that direction. Yesterday, the Mountain View, Calif.-based company announced that IT administrators can deploy and optimize the Chrome browser to meet their specific corporate needs.

Today, we’re announcing that Chrome offers controls that enable IT administrators to easily configure and deploy the browser on Windows, Mac, and Linux according to their business requirements. We’ve created an MSI installer that enables businesses who use standard deployment tools to install Chrome for all their managed users. We’ve also added support for managed group policy with a list of policies and a set of templates that allow administrators to easily customize browser settings to manage security and privacy.

Coincidentally, manageability and security were two questions raised.  Today, Dave Girouard, president of Google Enterprise in a blog post, vividly paints the company’s cloud-future. He writes:

While many IT vendors have now adopted (or co-opted) the term “cloud computing” to describe a wide variety of technologies, most don’t deliver on the true promise of the cloud. Hosting single-tenant server products in a data center is not cloud computing. Nor is requiring customers to install thick client software. In a 100% web world, business applications are delivered over the Internet and accessed in a web browser.  Devices like notebooks, tablets, and smartphones are portals to the data that help people be productive from anywhere, at any time. 100% web is a dramatic shift from how companies have traditionally purchased, deployed, and managed IT. But the more we talk with customers the more we realize that this is the change they’ve been waiting for. If 2010 was the year of the cloud, 2011 looks to be the year of nothing but the web.

Google, he points out, is doing so through its various initiatives – Google Apps, App Engine, Chrome OS, Chrome Browser and Android. To most of you, this might seem plain as a day, but it’s refreshing to see Google articulate its big picture vision about the cloud and web-based computing.

The graphic on its blog post, which points to the company’s blog, makes it clear it’s in battle with Microsoft in this battle and in the end, it wants to end the PC past.

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  1. Rick Mainstreethost Friday, December 17, 2010

    I think Google should stick to it’s main service and worry about the other stuff later on. I know it is very competitive out there with companies trying to launch new apps and other technologies. Just need to slow down.

  2. Webos is an os too. Confusing hed

  3. Om, I agree with you that Google should go after the corporate users. However, Google also needs data input from users in order to build the base of its statistical computation. The more users, the better.

  4. I will never use any webOS, and certainly not Google. Cloud computing is evil and compromises everyone’s privacy and independence…

  5. I think Chrome OS will be adopted quickly by many enterprises that want to take advantage of the cloud and save a lot of money in the long term. Now we just need some solid and cheap (under $300?) laptops that will come with Chrome OS later next year.

    And hopefully sometime in 2012 they’ll also make some laptops with a quad core ARM chips for even better battery life. Chrome OS doesn’t depend on x86 “apps” like Windows does, so the quicker they switch to ARM the better.

    1. Don’t you think MS-Office is an important requirement for enterprise customers–at least a large number of them? Given that the alternatives provided by Google are far behind MS-Office in terms of features at this point in time, why would enterprise users switch to Chrome OS?

  6. Especially cash-starved local and national Government departments, medium to large organizations who do not want the constant pain and costs of OS and application upgrades. The downside for Google is privacy and security which are big issues for organizations.

  7. That’s why there’s also hope for “webOS” from HP. it’s the same thing, an ops system who’s native applications are web applications.

    love my Palm Pre.. can’t wait to see the next HP device


  8. The problem with Google is that they have no taste.

    – Sent from my iPhone

    1. Just kidding Larry, you know I love you.

      – Sent from my iPhone

  9. change the title . web os is a mobile operating system of palm ( now HP).

  10. Om,
    Sadly, Gigaom has become a propaganda machine for Google.
    The law does require that sponsorships be disclosed. Please clear the air.

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