Unless you've been hiking in the Himalayas or hiding under your bed this last week, you've heard about Google's Chrome OS. And you've also heard about how it's the latest, greatest creation from Googleplex. But here's 3 reasons why Gates and Jobs shouldn't be shaking in their boots just yet.
1) The GFail syndrome: Between July 2008 and Feb 2009, Gmail had six, count them six outages. The worst lasted as long as 30 hours. That was just your email, can you imagine being locked out of your own computer for 30 hours straight? Google say they have the server capacity to deal with the increase in load, but that's what they said about Gmail too.
2) No more Modern Warfare: Chrome OS is not built for hardcore gaming. There's an argument that the casual gaming market is huge, and this won't affect them, but try explaining that to the 1.23 million people who bought Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 on its first day of release. This is sure to be one of the more interesting outcomes of the success, or lack thereof, of Chrome OS. You can bet Nvidia and ATI (now AMD Graphics) won't go down without a fight.
3) Are netbooks dead?: Over the last few months, more and more people are speculating that the netbook might have just been a fad. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and Dell CEO Michael Dell have both said they expect CULV laptops to be the future, and some analysts are even questioning whether the netbook moniker is even relevant anymore. Not good news for an OS "that will initially be targeted at netbooks."