Google Chrome was officially revealed at a news conference on November 19, 2009. Unlike Windows and other modern operating systems, Chrome OS has only one application - the web browser. There is no word processor or email programs - all applications are web-based, running and saving your data in the "cloud".
Cloud computing is a relatively new trend in software development. Standard applications take months to develop, and most major upgrades take at least a year to come out. Since web apps live in the cloud, developers can push out software updates instantly. The latest bug fixes and new features are instantly available to the users without needing to download and install large updates. And since the data is also available in the cloud, you can access it anywhere in the world, provided you have internet access.
Chances are you've already used a web application living in the cloud. Things like Gmail, Writely, and even Facebook are web apps that are downloaded from the web, run on your browser, and save data back to the internet. The technology driving these web applications is a complex, clever mix of older technologies that nobody ever though could be used in this way.
As the web continues to grow and adapt, things like Chrome OS take these concepts to the next level. It leverages the power of HTML5, giving web apps direct access to system resources such as a local database, file caching, and more. This means your favorite web apps will run much faster and work better with your computer. Although the specs are just a draft, all major browsers have begun implementing this standard.
Unleashed Technologies stays ahead of the curve with using the newest technologies to build high-quality web applications - implementing things like client-side API integration, AJAX, CSS 3, and now HTML 5. We're following the development very closely in preparation for the final publication. Our company is excited about HTML 5, Chrome OS, and that it means for the future of the web!