One in all Google’s huge promoting factors for its new Chromebooks is the promise of a seamless updating mechanism that retains the system up-to-date with none work on the a part of the consumer. Google co-founder Sergey Brin is making headlines this morning for contrasting that strategy with the standard Windows updating course of.
Talking throughout a press convention at the Google I/O conference yesterday, Brin first stated, “I don’t assume there’s something inherently unsuitable with Windows … Windows 7 has some nice security measures.”
However then he added: “With Microsoft, and different working system distributors, I believe the complexity of managing your laptop is actually torturing customers … It’s torturing everybody on this room. It’s a flawed mannequin essentially.”
In fact, Microsoft has an Automated Replace mechanism in Windows, and it presents application virtualization and associated applied sciences in an effort to simplify the method of deploying functions inside companies. However with the brand new Chrome OS, Google is trying to make administration and updates basically invisible, a part of the corporate’s web-centric mannequin.
That could be fantastic for finish customers, and notably customers, however it will likely be attention-grabbing to see what number of bigger firms — with IT departments accustomed to being accountable for app deployments and OS updates — are comfy with the idea. Google is providing companies the choice of renting Chromebooks for $28 per consumer, monthly.
Right here’s a Google video touting the Chromebook updating mechanism.
Feb. 2010 picture of Brin by Steve Jurvetson via Flickr