Home ChromeOS Feels Like the Past Before It Ever Became the Future

ChromeOS Feels Like the Past Before It Ever Became the Future

After a couple months trying out Google’s Chrome OS powered tablet, the CR-48, and countless conversations about the company’s vision of the future I’ve reached one conclusion – the future of the cloud is not in my browser.

It may be powered by standards-based technologies and work over the usual Web protocols, but it has to look better than this.

If you haven’t yet seen Google’s Chrome OS, just take a look at the Chrome browser. That’s it. It’s a browser without a close, minimize or resize button. You’re eternally stuck inside that browser screen to do any and everything you want. There’s no other menu, there’s no nothing.

Chrome OS seems to be saying that, just because everything exists in the cloud and is built using HTML5, that it has to look like it too. The user experience has to relate the technology. Rather, the cloud-based operating system that most strongly contradicts this thought will likely take the lead.

I don’t know about you, but this isn’t the cloud I envision myself, and my future computing experience, living in. The cloud operating system will need to be a seamless experience, a fully transparent layer connecting the user with their data and online processing without them being any the wiser. As a matter of fact, it should give an even greater control over the display of information, not less. The idea that the future of the cloud looks like a browser seems preposterous. Why do we need to give up user experience, some tried and true organizational features like desktops, folders and taskbars, for a life contained in an un-minimizable browser window?

[Image via SocialBarrel]

About ReadWrite’s Editorial Process

The ReadWrite Editorial policy involves closely monitoring the tech industry for major developments, new product launches, AI breakthroughs, video game releases and other newsworthy events. Editors assign relevant stories to staff writers or freelance contributors with expertise in each particular topic area. Before publication, articles go through a rigorous round of editing for accuracy, clarity, and to ensure adherence to ReadWrite's style guidelines.

Get the biggest tech headlines of the day delivered to your inbox

    By signing up, you agree to our Terms and Privacy Policy. Unsubscribe anytime.

    Tech News

    Explore the latest in tech with our Tech News. We cut through the noise for concise, relevant updates, keeping you informed about the rapidly evolving tech landscape with curated content that separates signal from noise.

    In-Depth Tech Stories

    Explore tech impact in In-Depth Stories. Narrative data journalism offers comprehensive analyses, revealing stories behind data. Understand industry trends for a deeper perspective on tech's intricate relationships with society.

    Expert Reviews

    Empower decisions with Expert Reviews, merging industry expertise and insightful analysis. Delve into tech intricacies, get the best deals, and stay ahead with our trustworthy guide to navigating the ever-changing tech market.