Sergey Explains Chrome

By Deane Barker on September 6, 2008

Google sees new browser displacing desktop software: These are probably the most telling comments yet on Google Chrome. If it’s not obvious by now what Google is trying to do, Sergey removes all doubt here:

Google co-founder Sergey Brin said Chrome was designed to address the shift to using software from within a Web browser rather than as locally installed computer applications running inside Microsoft Windows or some other operating system.

“I think operating systems are kind of an old way to think of the world,” Brin told a group of reporters after the news conference at Google’s Mountain View, California headquarters. “They have become kind of bulky, they have to do lots and lots of different (legacy) things.”

Google believes any task done in a standalone desktop computer application can be delivered via the Web and Chrome is its bet that software applications can be run via a browser.

“We (Web users) want a very lightweight, fast engine for running applications,” Brin said.

“The kind of things you want to have running standalone (on a computer) are shrinking,” he said, adding that he still edits photos on his computer rather than using a Web program.



  1. Duh.. :)

    Like, Google Earth (the local version) has its WOW factor (hardware accelerated), but Google Maps can load up the maps and satellite images much faster – just by replacing images in the grid. A good analogy: home computing is to home cooking, whereas web-apps is to dining out; the “server” can feed many people at once.

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