Chrome OS remains a mystery. It's Google
's first desktop operating
system, but even today, it's nothing more than words on pages as far as
consumers are concerned. We're sure there's internal testing going on as
the company prepared to launch the OS onto netbooks in the near future,
and now we're seeing even more details to hopefully prove that it's
coming sooner rather than later.
Up until now, no one had any reason to believe that Chrome OS
capable of running Windows
applications. Google has been a huge fan of
the cloud, and no one really expected any sort of legacy/local app to be
able to run. But now, there's hope that these older programs will
actually have life on Chrome OS. According to a report over at Google's
forums, a new feature is being worked on called "Chromoting," which will
allow users to access legacy PC applications through what will
basically be a remote desktop connection.
Details on the new feature are hard to find. Software engineer Gary Kacmarcík only had this to say: "We're adding new capabilities
all the time. With this functionality (unofficially named "Chromoting"),
Chrome OS will not only be great platform for running modern web apps,
but will also enable you to access legacy PC applications right within
the browser. We'll have more details to share on Chromoting in the
All of sudden, Chrome OS sounds like the netbook OS to beat.
Lightweight, in tune with the cloud, and able to run legacy PC apps?
That's a combination that could prove difficult to beat.