Late last night Google announced the Chrome OS, a competitor to Windows 7 and Mac OS X.
Initially, Chrome OS will be targeted at Netbooks as a lightweight way to get users online and into Google’s ecosystem more quickly.
And perhaps therein lies the rub: Google’s existing web applications aren’t very easy to use.
Compared to traditional competing desktop-based tools like Apple Mail and Microsoft Word Google’s offerings are bare bones, confusing, unstable, and feature-limited.
If Google brings its standard geek-beta mentality to bear on an OS, it’s almost certainly doomed to failure.