I’ve been one of those who were eagerly awaiting the first impressions of Google’s Chrome OS since it was announced some time earlier this year. One positive remark right there can be made because they seem to have been quite eager to get it out there as well. Open Source, so much the better.
I knew that it was going to be a Browser-based OS like none has ever been before but judging by this first release I’m still a bit disappointed.
So to the right you see what the login-screen looks like. And “woohoo” you have to log in with your own Google Account. Internet Connection required of course. Pretty nice idea. But while that is handy because it enables you to log in to the same account on different computers you will see later why I dont think it’s necessary for now.
Next up we have the Chrome Browser which shows up full-screen as soon as you’ve successfully logged in. The tabs I opened in the second screenshot aren’t open at first Login. There’s just the Google Calendar and an empty tab as far as I recall. Of course with every Google Service you use the Login-Information needed doesn’t have to be entered separately every time. You can for example use Google Reader for RSS Reading, Google Mail for writing Emails and so on. So a colleague of mine dared me to write a Document on this thing and email it to her. Seems quite impossible on a Browser-Based OS with no desktop or additional applications. But in fact it’s not that hard. Everybody who used Google Documents before should know that.