There hasn’t been an official news release by Google for two months now. I’m wondering if this is a good or a bad sign. If it is really supposed to be released in 2010, why shouldn’t Google give some information on some of the features in late 2009?! They certainly would have to be in a quite advanced stage of development by now. Instead, by remaining silent, they made the rumor bomb go off during the past two months. Tons of potential features and screenshots flooded the web, resulting in a conglomerate of data about how people want Chrome OS to be. Well, knowing Google, I’d not be surprised if that was a form of planned marketing research and they had us working for them without even noticing it.
The Google Operating System Blog publishes a list of features that users wish to be included in Chrome OS. As I do too, users emphasize the importance of offline features in order to have an adequate operating system. It is supposed to be fast regarding the boot-up process and while working with it. Besides, the users want it to run Windows applications, which is a rather difficult task to be confronted with, as it will be running a linux kernel. Using a virtual machine environment or WINE, however, even this is technically possible. I hope they have a built-in disk encryption, too.