More Thoughts on Chrome OS

Steve posted a rebuttal of sorts on my post yesterday about how Chrome OS will ultimately be a failure. I agree with his two main points, namely that software companies are wise to release early and iterate regularly, and that our society over-penalizes (and undervalues) failure. I also wouldn’t go so far as to say that Chrome OS will necessarily be a failure. But if it’s going to be a success, Google will need to change some of the fundamental operating principles behind the system.

Ultimately I think it will fail because it doesn't really solve a problem. Whereas Wave tries to solve a bunch of problems inherent in email and instant messaging, I don’t hear anyone complaining that their boot up time is too slow and that they’d be willing to give up saving their documents locally to make it faster.

On the flip side, I do think they are going to have trouble convincing people that a computer that only has a browser is worth purchasing, if you can get past the fact that most people don’t even know what a browser is anyway.