The differing opinions between Windows and Mac OS are not new. But, with the recent release of Chromebook Pixel, it is clear that Google is trying to pioneer a new operating system (OS) that may hopefully become a third OS besides Windows and Mac. Of course, Chrome OS is really Linux-based OS, but my point remains the same: is it possible for Chrome OS to become something important as Windows or Mac OS?
Why Apps Matter for Chrome OS against Mac OS
Because Windows 8 is still in very nascent stage, it is not fair to compare OS based on app selections that include Windows 8. So, that leaves two choices left – Google’s Chrome OS and Apple’s Mac OS. It is worthwhile to first say that while Google has been pushing quite heavily on its App Store since the release of Chrome browser, the push has been less intense for Mac OS. There are literally tons of great apps like Google Drive, Evernote, Picasa, Dropbox, Pandora, and many more in the Chrome Web Store. Furthermore, Google is putting efforts to push the developers to include popular games like Angry Birds, Cut the Rope, 3D Bowling, Plants vs Zombies, and so on.
Now, it’s not that Apple’s Mac App Store does not have any good app – it does. There are Evernote, Apple’s own apps (i.e. Pages, Numbers, and Keynote for example), Snapseed, Pocket, Clear, and many others. In addition, selections like Final Cut Pro, Adobe Lightroom, Logic Pro, and other high-end choices make the Mac App Store very loaded with tons of useful tools.
But, here is where things become complicated. Some of these “apps” that Mac App Store have are more of softwares than apps. In other words, while Adobe Lightroom is a powerful tool, it is more like a software than it is an app. What this means is that when the comparison really boils down to simple apps that are available in other smartphones and tablet PCs, Chrome Web Store offers far better selections, especially in games.
Why App Versus Software Discussion Is Important
One of the reasons why Apple has maintained its strong popularity for graphic designs and video production has been due to its powerful softwares that are now categorized as apps. Apple is one of very few companies who remains successful without sharing their own apps across different platforms, a phenomenon that is not the case with other systems. However, these advantages that Apple have may become challenged by Chrome OS because of the unique idea of cloud-based apps.
By definition, all softwares are really dependent on the storage space left on the computer. On the other hand, apps can have unlimited storages because their data could be entirely saved in the cloud. This is actually the idea of Chrome OS because Chromebook Pixel and Chromebook do not have much storage space within the laptops, but have more than enough through their cloud storages. Therefore, if Google discovers a way to run say, Adobe products with some type of agreement with Adobe Creative Cloud (a cloud-based Adobe Creative Suite service that requires subscription), then it is not too far-fetched idea that Chrome OS can do all the photography editing that appeared only suitable for computers like Mac.
Why Softwares May Become Obsolete
Back in the day of floppy disks, no one had really believed that computers could function well without floppy disks. But then, CDs came, and then DVDs, followed by USB drives, and now, cloud computing. Softwares too have evolved from traditional CD-based programs to ones that could be downloaded over the web and installed. Applications are variations of softwares except that they are much simpler to install and use.
If internet connection becomes more secure and stable than now, and more people switch their computing experiences to the web, it is very possible that softwares will eventually become obsolete. This has already happened with some of “apps” in Mac App Store, and if Google and its Chrome OS can do the same, the next battle of OS could be between Chrome OS and Mac OS instead of Windows vs Mac OS.