A month ago I wrote an article about several trends in web computing that were marginalizing the importance of the traditional PC operating system, at least from an average user's perspective as a platform for running applications. Significantly this month, Google has announced the Google Chrome OS - a lean operating system based on a Linux kernel that treats the Chrome browser as the application platform. Targeted initially for netbooks and users who spend most of their PC time currently in a web browser, Chrome OS should afford a significant, low-cost offering for anyone currently using web-based applications.
As Google states on its blog: "For application developers, the web is the platform." Current momentum suggests that the web will continue to overtake the desktop OS as the ubiquitous application platform for average users. Google's development of Chrome is a logical step in that direction.