Hmmm. "Introducing the Google Chrome OS" states the headline on the official Google Blog for July 2009. Other's hail the end of Microsoft as we know it as a 'New OS' comes on the scene. Oh please! Of course Microsoft will adapt to changes in the market. But will Microsoft fall to something that's been around for years?
A careful read of the above blog will reveal that the Google Chrome OS is "Google Chrome running within a new windowing system on top of a Linux kernel." Google Chrome is, of course, based on an Apple WebKit. Effectively, it is Safari in another guise. So, for the new recipe, take one Apple Web Kit, stick it as the sole application on a new Desktop Manager (see Gnome or KDE as examples of a desktop manager), and bake it on Linux. Bottle with pure hype and brand it "Google!" Does anyone see Microsoft running scared from this?
The technology is old, but the difference will be how Google packages the technology. And that will be what Microsoft has to be wary of!