A Financial Times article reported that next year Google (GOOG) plans to introduce its new operating system called Chrome OS. Google's new Chrome laptop will feature an operating system based on the computing power of the Web, rather than running "native" software made by Microsoft.
Eric Schmidt, Google's chief executive, called the new system: "A viable third choice in real operating systems to stand alongside Microsoft (MSFT) and Apple (AAPL) and a culmination of a vision he has worked on since 1983."
Google has run into a few obstacles with their new system. The biggest one is how to work with all the printers, cameras and other hardware devices that are plugged in, all of which need compatible software drivers.
Google plans to test the Chrome OS laptop and involve a number of large companies. "Advantages over traditional OSs include being able to make frequent updates to the operating system remotely, as well as the lack of any need to buy or maintain other software," it said.
Let's remember that new operating systems usually have bugs that need to be corrected. It will take time before consumers are sure of the reliability of this new system.