Google announced their vaporware operating system Chrome OS. We do know that most of the apps and resource-intensive computing will be offloaded to the cloud. Beyond that small scrap of data, nobody knows anything and, more importantly, nobody has seen anything. Yet the pundits are already signing the death certificates of both Microsoft Windows (standard target) and the iPhone (mmm … yeah). These are the same experts (New York Times, jkontherun, TechCrunch, GigaOM, etc.) that keep telling us that Facebook is going to level Google. So the timeline that I’m getting is:
Facebook becomes the search engine of choice, forcing Google to make money elsewhere
Google becomes the operating system manufacturer for netbooks and smartphones
Somehow Google then makes the jump to becoming the OS of choice for all computers (can’t wait to edit HD video in the cloud)
Microsoft’s market share approaches zero and, in a desperate bid to make the payroll, they become an ebay power seller auctioning off vintage CDs of Windows 95, MS Works, and Microsoft BOB
Bonus: Chrome OS somehow knocks off the whole closed-architecture iPhone OS platform and everybody buys those wildly unsuccessful Android phones
Google is back on top and all things are again right in the tech food chain
The Windows death knell has been ringing for about 15 years now. Some Windows-killer is announced every six months. And what happens? Nothing. Big, bloated, unsexy Windows persists. About 18 months ago, the same characters from above let us know that Vista would to send Microsoft to the soup kitchen. Creative thinking had placed Windows itself as the ultimate Windows-killer. Hara-kiri. Didn’t happen.
I’m quite excited to see Chrome OS and play with it a bit. However, it’s unlikely to alter the tech landscape very much. Either way, this is solid marketing by Google’s PR department. It even got my lazy butt blogging about it.
Robust and Effecient Development Framework From Microsoft.
Over the last few years, web developers have migrated away from building simple web sites with an FAQ and a site map to constructing sophisticated web-based applications that have more in common with software programs like Outlook and Excel than they do with the less interactive brochure-style sites of 2001 and 2002. Remember the old days of calling up the Mountain Dew-swilling “webmaster” (usually between the hours of 3 pm and 11 pm) to add a few text lines to the “Front Page”? Just as the face of web development has grown into the modern Web 2.0 style, so have the tools and technologies evolved for the better.
“.NET” (pronounced “dot net”) is Microsoft’s all-encompassing term to describe both the development and runtime environments for this new breed of applications. The .NET moniker even extends to cover Microsoft’s associated server and database technologies.
Applications are programmed in Visual Studio .NET using one of the following languages, listed in (debatable) order of popularity; C# (pronounced “C sharp”), VB.NET, and J#.These applications are deployed within the .NET Framework which runs on servers and even on desktop computers. If you are using Internet Explorer 7, then you are likely viewing this document within the .NET 2.0 Framework. This Framework is invisible to the average user. And that is a very good thing.
Visual Studio .NET has become the de facto standard for unified web development, with one-stop construction, testing, and deployment of web apps. At it’s core, Visual Studio .NET automates much of the process of database architecture and backend coding and thereby greatly accelerates the time to launch industrial strength applications. Processes that used to take months now take weeks or even days due to an infinite number of shortcuts that break up the development process into modular building blocks of code.
Over a 2-year period, topLingo’s senior developers built a massively complicated project entirely in .NET for a financial institution.
Five years ago, this same project would have required two to three times as many developers and a dedicated testing team. Or to put it another way, without .NET, this same project would have taken two to three times as long to build with the same resources.
Microsoft’s .NET environment represents the sort of mature and efficient technology that dominates the backbone of web.
90% of all Fortune 100 companies use .NET
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