Google OS Interview, Gates, Ballmer and Notre Dame

Your Google OS questions from last week are now a video showing how and why you should be using a Google Web OS

Gates on Google OS

Gates on Google OS

This Google OS interview was originally written for a interview with Jack Humphrey, but since he is in London speaking on Blog marketing this week we turned the script into a video to show you how to use the beginnings of the Google OS and why you should be using it now with Google Friend Connect.

You can view the Google OS video on YouTube here….


Google Offers Google OS Free To Universities

Notre Dame University flipped to Google a year ago when its e-mail vendor stopped supporting its system and eight candidates for student government ran on a platform urging the campus to adopt Google.

Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer on Google OS

Gates: “It just shows the word browser has become a truly meaningless word,” Gates said. “What’s a browser? What’s not a browser? If you’re playing a movie, is that a browser or not a browser? If you’re doing annotations, is that a browser? If you’re editing text, is that a browser or not a browser? In large part, it’s more an abuse of terminology than a real change.”

Meanwhile, CEO Steve Ballmer suggested on Tuesday that Windows, rather than a browser-centric OS was the right approach. To bolster his argument, Ballmer noted that half of PC use today is spent doing work outside the browser.

Ballmer: “We don’t need a new operating system,” Ballmer said Tuesday, as part of his keynote at Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference in New Orleans. “What we do need to do is to continue to evolve Windows, Windows Applications, IE (Internet Explorer), the way IE works in totality with Windows and how we build applications like Office…and we need to make sure we can bring our customers and partners with us.”

Chris Lang: “Pretty weak damage control guys. I was a Windows fan for 10 years. But Windows Vista and the need for 4 Gigs of RAM and a Quad core processor (not to mention a whole new machine) just to run it, ran me off instead.”

Google posts revenue of $4.07 billion for the second quarter

In a conference call, Google Chief Executive Eric Schmidt said he was very pleased with the results the company posted as the economy struggles to recover. “It demonstrates our resilience in what continues to be a very difficult environment,” he said. “Google’s business appears to have stabilized,” as consumers turned to the Web to find the best deals and ad sales were strong.

Google’s 17 Million Built In Chrome Users

In its annual study of the role of technology on campus, the Campus Computing Project found that two-fifths of participating campuses had either migrated to outsourced e-mail and services or planned to. Of those, 56.5% opted for Google, 38.4% for Microsoft and 4.8% for Zimbra, an open-source software maker owned by Yahoo.

The Google OS, Gdrive, Google is SkyNet, Web OS, Google Android Laptops, we have all heard the rumors.

Once the stuff X-Files and tin foil hats were made of…

Is official, Google announced it last week, Google is releasing a true OS, built on Google Chrome and Linux.

Epic 2014 creator Matt Thompson predicted this in 2004 the Google Grid…

Let take a look at what Google has to work with…..

Google, over the last 10 years, has taken over 60 applications and honed them into enterprise level software programs.

The difference is that Google delivers them thru the browser.

Things like Gmail, Google Reader, Google Docs and spreadsheets, YouTube and Google Calendar, Blogger and Google maps.

Then Google uses Google Friend Connect and Gmail to make your contact list portable across the entire platform.

This is the Google Grid.

Let’s take a step back….

How does Google Friend Connect figure into this?

Google friend connect is the most powerful suite of viral marketing apps on earth.

Google will use Friend Connect to promote Google applications by popularizing them as a social network.

A social network built on a OS…

Let’s jump forward a little….

Spring 2010

Google could easily market their new Chrome OS on notebooks and sell them at Walmart for less than $200.

This will be a reality by next summer.

Its cheap since we are not paying for a Windows license and we consume the Google grid thru the browser.

Let’s look at what is available now….

Always Innovating’s Touch Book

Linux OS, portable touch screen, $299, add the keyboard, $399.

Expect that price to drop in the US economy…


What is an web OS or Browser operating system?

For most it is just the ability to get online. That is all most users need, it’s all you need, the ability to get online.

Because most of what you need you get thru the browser.

We build, edit and publish our sites thru WordPress and Blogger.

We interact with our friends thru social networks.

We get our news from Digg and StumbleUpon,

Even the New York times now integrates with Facebook and allows comments in online news blog style posts.

You get your Gmail or other online email applications.

99% of all Windows users don’t need Windows, they only need to get online.

And a browser….

What was the most importing thing that was overlooked by most readers last week?

It was Google’s own quote, right from their own blog:

“Google Chrome OS is being created for people who spend most of their time on the web, and is being designed to power computers ranging from small netbooks to full-size desktop systems.”

“And of course, these apps will run not only on Google Chrome OS, but on any standards-based browser on Windows, Mac and Linux thereby giving developers the largest user base of any platform.”

Most Blogs focused on the Netbook Linux angle. What is important it that the Google Grid is delivered thru the Browser…

Any browser….

Oh yeah, did I mention it is free?

So what about off line access, how is Google going to handle that?

Google Gears already covers that, giving you access to what you need offline.

That is the most important aspect of Google Chrome, it comes with Google Gears pre installed.

Why is Google taking about quick start up and shut down with no waiting?

That is already available. Linux ready motherboards offer chips with the OS embeded. The machine boots to a ready, online state in around 5 seconds.

What has confused people is this netbook stuff. When what Google really said was “initially be targeted at netbooks” Many have gotten confused and think it is only for Notebooks, that is not the case.

What is the best benefit you have seen from running a Google OS Chris?

I was in the middle of putting together a social media deal, the Surf Club site launch and on the phone with my merchant account.

In the middle of all this is my Windows machine decides to overheat and shut down.

I rebooted to Linux and was back in business in less than two minutes.

Why could I boot Ubuntu and get right back to work? I run my whole online business thru the browser, I don’t need any OS dependent programs and consume everything as web apps.

Want to know more?

Keep you eyes out for our case study of a Windows 98 machine we pulled out of the dumpster blowing a Windows Vista lappy away by running Ubuntu Linux.

See you next week with more Google OS video!

6 comments on “Google OS Interview, Gates, Ballmer and Notre Dame

  1. Hiya Chris,

    This is really good stuff.
    I saw the demo video of the Google OS where they had the people come on stage and interact via computer and it was just like a group chat session on MSN or Yahoo. They were having lots of fun.

    I have 2 old computers sitting around crying to be used again. Now I have hope that they can be reborn. I have been using shared Google Documents since they came out. Mostly the spread sheets because for those in a MLM, you can list your teams, and then contact them, and as they add new members they just add them to the shared document. It makes it really easy, and a great way to stay organized.

    When you add someone to someone’s team they get a physical representation and it is powerful!

    Some people are afraid of Google. I think more companies can learn from them. It is a great idea in this day for struggling businesses.

    Rocqueizm quote of the day…”Give The People What They Want”

    Thanks for the video Chris.

  2. Chris,

    This may we a really stupid question, but is Google’s new OS the same thing as Google Wave…? Or are they two different products?

  3. @Matthew,

    Google Wave is a social aggregator like Friend Feed on speed.

    The Google OS is a Google Flavor of Linux, then they use the Google Grid to deliver the apps we already use with Google Friend Connect thru the browser in Google Chrome.

    Watch the video above if you did not, maybe watch it again, these are the core apps that we will be using.

    Or so Google hopes…

  4. Chris,

    thanks for answering my Q. do think google wave will pull all the other socials togehther (twitter, friendfeed, facebook, etc)…? how will google wave & GFC integrate into Google OS and/or chrome?

    Still trying to figure out GFC and how to really use it to networking and/or social tool for small business owners.

    There seems to be pieces missing from this thing. I also noticed you can send someone a note when friending them, but once you are friends I can’t seem to find an obvious spot to send them a message except maybe going to their google profile & finding whatever info you can find on them there.

    Also once you friend someone and they friend you back you stay friends on the site where you did the friending and it doesn’t show that on your friends in your GFC nor on your site’s GFC, not on your Google profile, etc.

    That’s really weird to me and seems like a bit of disconnect. I am also having a hard time trying to see how blend some of the other great tools google offers into the GFC – google reader, youtube, google LBC, etc. I wish when you become friends they also join you as friends on the other google products/tools.

    I also seem to find GFC comment section a bit confusing at times. People seem to think its the comment section for each post/page/article when often it’s the comment section for site wide and so people are leaving comments and asking questions that I don’t see the connection to what I am reading on the page.

    I am really not complaining, just trying to figure how to pull this together and use a it as a viable tool to do some social networking.

    Also is there a hack for using the GFC toolbar to get it load faster, I took off my site because it takes so long to load and I don’t like pages or websites that don’t load right away. I think having slow loading pages causes a big bounce rate.

    I guess that was a bit long winded :) Sorry, but any insights would be great! Thanks Chris!

  5. Is there any add on like Mozzie?