Although recent comments from Google CEO Eric Schmidt have raised speculation Chrome OS will be limited to just netbooks, it appears that won’t be the case.
We’re starting to see increased Chrome OS information coming out directly from Google employees. One nice but of reporting was a feature in the New York Times that quoted VP of engineering Linus Upson about hardware we will see the operating system on.
The article specifically singles out handheld devices, tablets and TVs.
It appears that Google will also target devices for the enterprise sector: Upson is also cited as saying that 60% of businesses could replace their Windows-based machines with Chrome. I’m not sure if that means 60% of all machines, or the specific businesses themselves, but it’s clear that the company has spent some time projecting what specific uses Chrome OS could be for.
Another interesting tidbit is the fact that Chrome OS could possibly put system administrators out of work by virtue of its cloud-based architecture. At least, that’s what Upson thinks. We’re still pretty sure there’s going to need to be administration of policies and cloud expertise required to run Chrome OS in the enterprise.
What do you think? Got any ideal Chrome OS products? How do you feel about putting admins possibly out of work?