Now that Google Chrome islive, I spent some time looking at the search features within it, especiallyto see — as I didrecently with Internet Explorer 8 — whether Google was going to try tostack the deck in its own favor. Like Microsoft, Google’s playing itstraight. As for search features, I’m mixed on whether I like the new "Omnibox"feature that combines a browser’s address bar and search box into one singlearea. After doing the install, Chrome checks to see what the default searchengine is for the browser you’re currently using. Then it confirms if youwant to stick with the default or choose a different search engine: Unfortunately, the button text didn’t come out well in the screenshotabove. What’s happened is that Chrome saw that Yahoo is the default I hadset in Firefox, reports that it has seen this setting and asks if I want tokeep it. The first button in this case says "Keep Yahoo! as the defaultsearch engine" while the second says … [Read more...] about Searching With Google Chrome & Omnibox
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Ars Technica posted earlier that Google is to unveil its long rumored computer operating system, and now Google confirms this is true in a blog post: Introducing the Google Chrome OS. The company says that the OS will be released later this year (likely in the fall, I’m told) to developers, designed primarily for netbooks but not limited to them. Then in 2010, it expects it will be available to consumers (though no doubt, many enthusiasts will try it on their own machines). From the company’s post: Google Chrome OS is an open source, lightweight operating system that will initially be targeted at netbooks. Later this year we will open-source its code, and netbooks running Google Chrome OS will be available for consumers in the second half of 2010. Because we’re already talking to partners about the project, and we’ll soon be working with the open source community, we wanted to share our vision now so everyone understands what we are trying to achieve. Speed, … [Read more...] about The Google Operating System Is Real: Google Chrome OS Announced.
Google has announced that Chrome OS laptops are now available to consumers through a pilot program for early adopters who prove themselves to be “right” in various ways. A Chrome Web Store has also launched to allow an easier way to run web apps within the Chrome browser itself. NOTE: See First Day Review: The Google Chrome OS Cr-48 Notebook The news all came out during a special press conference and launch event that Google held today in San Francisco. Below you can watch how the information was unveiled, through my live blogging. It’s 10:15 Pacific Time, event starts in about 15 minutes, and folks are crowding in. Up on the wall is a big selection of what might be apps for Chrome OS: Sundar Pichai, VP, Product Management is up and talking now as we begin. Three main areas. First is Chrome, launched two years ago, where are we now? Second is Chrome Web Store, about 6 months announced it would come. Third area, Chrome OS. Year ago, announced the project. Been working … [Read more...] about The Google Chrome OS Notebook Launch Event
Chrome, Chromium & What Is The Cr-48? Before I dive in, some background about the computer. Let's start with Chrome. That's Google's web browser, which was launched back in September 2008. If you're unfamiliar with it, it's a browser just like Internet Explorer or Firefox. Google released its own browser saying it hoped that it would help keep the web browser space competitive and better able to handle increasingly sophisticated software programs and applications that run within the browser itself. For example, in the "old days" of personal computers, you had software that you installed to do word processing (say Word), or to do email (say Outlook), or to do photo editing (such as Photoshop). As the internet emerged, you also had web browser software that let you view web sites. As the internet evolved, programs and services written to work within your web browser emerged. These days, it's possible to do word processing, email, photo editing and much more all from within a web … [Read more...] about The Google Chrome OS Cr-48 Notebook