Hands On: Google’s Chrome OS Cr-48 Notebook Prototype

At a press event three days ago (December 7th), Google provided a long overdue progress update on the status of their Chrome OS project. No, it wouldn’t be shipping on new laptops this year like they had previously promised. Instead, Google announced a pilot program where they would provide participants with notebooks running the Chrome OS in exchange for using it often and providing detailed feedback.

Figuring it was worth the few minutes it took to fill out the application form, I signed-up for the Chrome OS pilot program. So with my low expectations in mind, yesterday I was shocked to find that a Cr-48 notebook had been delievered to our house by Google.

Cr-48 Boxed

Below, I’ll give you a quick overview of the Cr-48 prototype notebook and of Chrome OS itself.
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Productive Email With Gmail

I’m a longtime Gmail user, but between my BlackBerry and the fact that I don’t get a ton of personal email, I’ve never spent a lot of time working in its web interface. That changed recently when I began piloting Google Apps Premier Edition for me and a couple of other colleague at work – a process I hope to write more about in a future post. But for now, I want to talk about the increase in productivity I’ve seen in the short time I’ve been using Gmail for work, as well as a promising new feature being rolled out today called Priority Inbox.

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Chrome is Google’s Latest Jab at Microsoft

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Ever since Google firmly established itself as The One to Beat on the web, the company has become the subject of almost every conceivable product rumor, a surprising number of which either turn out to be true or contain kernels of truth. For example, people speculated for years about Google building an ad-supported “gPhone” mobile phone, when in reality it created an open source mobile operating system called Android for others to use with their hardware.

There were two Google rumors that always seemed too far-fetched to be believable. The first was that Google was creating a complete Linux-based desktop operating system it would give away for free in an effort to poke Microsoft in the eye. While I’ll never underestimate what one company will do to damage a bitter rival, this one seemed very off-mission for the benefits it would produce – just think of all the resources it would take to support such a product.

The other rumor I didn’t believe was that Google was working on its own web browser. While it was more believable than them creating a new operating system, there didn’t seem to be many benefits. Google had a very good relationship with the Mozilla Foundation, basically subsidizing the development of Firefox with ad revenue from the built-in Google search box. And, it could extend both Firefox and Internet Explorer with a variety of plug-ins and extensions, so again, the benefits didn’t seem to outweigh the costs.

As of yesterday, I’m happy to say that I’m wrong about both of those rumors.

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Will Ubiquity for Firefox Change the Way We Use the Web?

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Mozilla Labs, the R&D department for the group that puts out the amazing Firefox, just released a preview for a new browser technology they call Ubiquity. It’s a little rough at the moment, but shows a lot of promise. I’m a little skeptical that the average user will really understand its power, however, though I’d like to be proven wrong.

If you’re interested to see what Ubiquity can do, keep reading.

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Business and the Microsoft Platform

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It’s no secret that I’ve had my doubts about Microsoft in the past. But since becoming in charge of everything IT at the small business I helped start a couple of years ago, you could say that I’ve had something of a change of heart. At home and with any freelance work I do, it’s still all Apple/Mac OS, open source, and web-based applications, all the time – which I might talk about in a separate blog post sometime soon. But at work, we’re using practically all Microsoft based systems and software. And you know, it’s actually not that bad. Let me explain.

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