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All about Operating Systems from Desktop, Server, Virtual to Cloud OS

Updated on January 19, 2011

Change Trends of Operating Systems

It used to be that we just live with whatever Operating System (OS) is pre-installed onto our systems.

With the ever crowded OS choices available now, we have different OS vying to be on the latest consumer devices, from the smartphones, tablets to the netbooks and more traditional desktop systems.

Now the choice of which Operating System to run on your devices is becoming increasing complicated (& more interesting), with the appearance of alternative OS like the latest version of the Mac OS X like the Snow Leopard, the free LINUX OS like the popular UBUNTU, and the entry of big player like Google's Open Standard Android OS and the Net centric Chrome OS.

Android (Open Standard for Mobile Devices)

The Android Operating System started out as a platform for the next generation of mobile smartphones. It gained such momentum and market share that version 3.0 of Android codenamed Honeycomb will be meant for tablets.  

A Eye Opening Android 3.0 Honeycomb Live Demo

Google Wants to Honeycomb Your Tablet

Android has developed a tablet version of its OS. The demo of the features were impressive with its intuitive multi-touch based support and seeming seamless true multi-tasking.

The multi-tasking opens up different ways to use the table intuitively and become more productive because you can go off on tangents to activate many different apps and have them side by side or switch between them instantaneously to accomplish your tasks.

Bumptop's 3D Multi-Touch Desktop

The company which developed the cool and really useful Bumptop 3D desktop have been acquired by Google around Apr 2010. It make sense because we're now seeing some 3D features on the latest version of the Android OS.

Chrome OS (Google's Web Centric )

The key value preposition of the Chrome OS is that since we are already spending near 90% of our time in our Web Browsers, so why not make an OS that works just like our browser. This OS effectively becomes a thin client to all the web apps and increasing interactive websites on the internet. Currently the only downside is that with this extremely net centric approach, the availability of an internet connection becomes critical as you will need to always have an internet connection to do anything at all. 

Video on What's so Special about the Chrome OS (from GoogleChrome Youtube Channel)


OS Market Share & Other Statistics

The market is now more crowded then ever. If you run a website then you'll be amazed by the wide range of OS and version variants that you're visitors are on.

What's interested about this chart dated Jan 2011 is the surprising number of users still stuck on the aging Windows XP platform. Most users using XP is probably running on modest hardware platforms so this is a great opportunity for the more capable Windows 7 or some other OS like the Linux variants or even an innovative net centric alternative like the Chrome OS to gain some market share.


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