Google Drive and Chrome OS: Has the New ‘PC’ Arrived?
Google Drive’s impact on personal computing is bound to be big. Wired’s first test-drive of Drive sums up that many will like it, but “those who will prefer Google Drive are those who already prefer Google itself.” The bigger-impact question, coming as Act II of the launch, is: Will Google Drive integrated with Chrome OS usher in the next generation of cloud-based personal computing?
Wired Enterprise’s Cade Metz got the scoop that “Google will tightly integrate its new Google Drive online storage service with an upcoming version of its Chrome OS operating system.”
Chrome OS is Google’s effort to move all applications and data onto the web. First released last year on “Chromebook” laptops from Acer and Samsung, this lightweight operating system revolves around a single local application: Google’s Chrome browser. The idea is to streamline the way we use, update, and secure our laptop and desktop machines, and though it succeeds in some cases, the OS still hasn’t mastered the art of moving files from place to place.
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