Chrome OS. That’s the second thing to focus on from Google today, and that was demoed on “reference hardware” called the CR-48, which will be provided to press, developers, and consumers who are randomly chosen for testing. Ways of getting a Cr-48 notebook will be through a random page loaded when you launch a new tab in Chrome, and even from this application form. Final hardware will be built by Samsung and Acer.
Things like a first-boot is done extremely quickly, account switching on the same machine (which keeps all of your data incognito), and millisecond-fast with instant-Internet connectivity even when waking from standby. Offline usage is also available, so that when Wi-Fi access (or 3G which will be available on all Chrome OS notebooks) is available your data is re-synced, including some Chrome Web Store apps, which would use HTML5 caching for use in almost any situation. Cloud Print will be included as well, and is available now in beta.
Verizon Wireless is also a close buddy of Chrome OS (notice a trend here?), and 100MB of data will be offered free every month for 2 years with every Chrome OS device, and data can also be bought in different pricing schemes, starting at $9.99. Taking tips from Google Chrome browser, auto-updating and auto application updating is enabled by default.
Security is also extremely tightened by multiple software and even hardware techniques, so that Chrome OS “will be the most secure operating system for consumers ever shipped”. Very gutsy stuff from Google.
Chrome OS will also available for enterprise users, which includes more security-based software mainly for enterprises, and of course stuff like that is extremely boring, yet fascinating, and interacts in the cloud for apps and data such as documents and full Windows applications which can be managed and used from the Chrome OS, courtesy from Citrix.
And lastly, Chrome OS will be updated on a cycle much like Chrome, so as each laptop gets older, it will become faster as improvments are released constantly.