Is Chrome Enough to Kill Windows?

Megabytes and megabytes of commentaries after its launch are setting yet one more record on top of Chrome’s top speed marks of one percent market share in one day, and fastest ever browser.

Most analysis agree that Chrome is aiming at Windows, and not to Internet Explorer. Together with Gears, Chrome’s performance is a huge step forward in making the browser the platform where applications run, making the OS less relevant than ever. For developers, applications can be made independent of the OS, saving programmers from the hassle of porting to different OS platforms. For users, it brings the freedom to choose any OS as long as it has a browser, without fearing applications will not run if they do not choose Windows.

And applications keep moving to the cloud . Although I still use Vista for my home desktop PC, I already trashed Outlook and Thunderbird, replacing them with Gmail superior and convenient web interface. I currently use more Google Docs than OpenOffice to work with documents and spreadsheets. I am considering to get a netbook and my choice might well be Linux.

Still, many heavy applications, specially those media intensive as video/photo editing or high resolution games, will take a while to run on a browser, much less online from the cloud. So we can not discard the OS too quickly either. Windows still commands more than 90% market share, despite slowly eroding. If Google really wants to kill Windows, it will need to do more than Chrome, and a Google-supported Linux distro would really hurt in Redmond.