It was one thing when Google’s Chrome apps managed to break out of the browser and become real, offline apps, but clearly that is not Google’s real long-term play. A recent update to the developer version of Google Chrome basically runs Chrome OS inside of Windows 8.
The new feature, dug up by The Verge, basically allows the “Metro” interface for Chrome to turn into its own multi-windowed mini desktop, complete with a bottom bar of Chrome apps and pretty much everything else you could expect from the browser-based OS.
For the moment, the functionality is super buggy—we had a hard time getting the desktop to display full screen, and even then the mouse cursor was oddly misplaced. And even though this pseudo-Chrome OS is running in “Metro” mode, it requires the browser to have its real roots in the desktop. That means this trick only works for Windows 8 Pro and not RT.
Microsoft had dominated the operating system and software landscape for decades. Over many years, the company worked with hardware and software vendors to build an ecosystem that reinforced Microsoft’s position. Today, new operating systems, applications and device makers have surfaced with the rise of mobility. It’s apparent that the mobile device and operating landscape is rapidly usurping the traditional PC-based world. While most individuals and businesses will continue to use PCs for some time, it’s become easier to use tablets and smartphones for business tasks.
With billions of dollars of new device and applications sales up for grabs, heavyweights such as Apple, Microsoft and Samsung are battling for the mobile crown. It’s unclear which company will become the enterprise mobile market leader. Will the title go to a consumer-oriented company because of adoption of the Bring Your Own Device trend within workplace? Or will IT seek out a more suitable enterprise-focused play?
Microsoft’s pitch is simple: quality frameworks are the foundation for the modern Web, but framework developers often don’t have the resources to test across browsers. As such, BrowserSwarm aims to save them time and server resources by letting the cloud take care of the heavy lifting: no need to set up multiple-browser and device testing environments.
via The Next Web.