In case you don't know, Google Chrome OS is an operating system being made for netbooks. It's practically the Google Chrome browser built on the Linux kernel, that gives the user a browser based OS, while (almost) everything resides online. It will come with low-cost computers, and will probably be available as a free download too. It is being developed by the people who made the open-source Chromium browser, which you probably know as the rebranded Google Chrome.
See also: What's the difference between Google Chrome and Chromium?
Here are some reasons I believe Chrome will really succeed, in no particular order:
It's light, and free:
The Google Chrome OS is targeted towards low-cost, low-powered laptops, and maybe even tablets. So, it will be light, and not resource hungry. It will run on practically any computer, just like Linux distributions such as Ubuntu. If it does come out as a free download, you can use the browser-based system to revive old PCs in your house. Being light also means that it will boot at super high-speeds. Depending on the system, it may just be faster than the new MacBook Air, with Instant On.
Because the OS is based on Linux, and essentially free, the laptops that will come with it pre-installed will be a lot cheaper than Microsoft's Windows based computers.
The OS is based on Linux, so it's open-source. All the apps (if any) will be open-source as well. So many people like open-source. It has its own advantages too, apart from being free. Open-source software generally has a lot of users, so there's abundance of community support. People say that there's higher security too.
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What does this mean? You use a friend's Chrome OS, and you have all your settings and bookmarks. You go to a public computer with Chrome OS, and you have your browser there in front of you. There's a lot of potential.
Everything synced means that you can use Chrome on your Windows based computer, or Mac and you can travel with the Chrome OS on your netbook, always in sync.
All in the cloud:
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As I mentioned in the previous point, that everything will be synced. That happens in the cloud too. Your Google Account will slowly become your online identity, and wil help you log in from everywhere, and get you your browser on any computer.
For all these reasons, I believe that the Google Chrome OS will be a big hit. But I don't think that with the current state, it will become anybody's primary operating system anytime soon. Hope you enjoyed this post. If you did, do subscribe.