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I saw a poll recently, that showed 58 android users for every 1 apple iOS users. You know, that little OS they have for the ipad and iphone.

Then I saw this:

http://www.youtube.com/user/lockergn...21/myOWcsH1vss

Android is clearly on the rise. Do you think there could ever be a PC version that could take down the old giant? Microsoft has made windows' reputation, and its not exactly a good one. Right now they're doing all right with W7, but pretty much every OS before that has been thought to be a bloated, resource hod. I'd personally like to see even W7 down around 650Mb RAM usage at idle. Or similar number.

So do yall think that google might eventually go for the gold, and try to take the PC/notebook market? If they do, they'd win. And microsoft would shrink into the software development market.
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post #2 of 26
Google is making their own OS. We'll just have to wait and see.
     
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post #3 of 26
Chrome OS is being developed right now, it will operate more on the cloud concept and will be targeted to netbooks and low end desktops, like nettops.

i guess it could be used as a full OS on a desktop computer if you want that sort of thing, but it really isn't made for it.
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I think Google will eventually...
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I don't think so, to many enterprise companies including most government's rely on MS and their software. As well as it already has the largest user base, not many people will dive into something they are unfamiliar with when it comes to pc's.
 
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post #6 of 26
I think its possible, but if it does happen, then it will be in like 20 years.
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I don't think Android will ever "take down Windows."

I'm unaware of every MS OS being considered bloated and a resource hog. Only Vista comes to mind in that regard. Different Windows versions have been criticized for being unstable and insecure in the past, but hardly ever for being bloated.

I'm also not sure why you would want to see Windows using 650 MB of RAM at idle. RAM is not like gasoline - it does not "run out." If memory is available and can be utilized why not use it? It's certainly faster than disk access.

Microsoft has one thing going for it that no other OS vendor has - it's historic relationship with developers. Microsoft has always made it fairly painless for software developers to write software for its operating systems. Microsoft also looks towards backwards compatibility moreso than some other OS vendors. This can be a good thing or a bad thing depending on how you look at it.

So, I don't see another vendor taking Microsoft down in the home computer/workstation wars. The only possibility I see would be the OS eventually becoming irrelevant, if a "write once, run anywhere" framework like Java took off for the end-user market. This would mean most apps would be written with a framework like this and could be run on any OS. However, it would be a slow process before this was fully implemented. I don't think Java will play a role in this - Java has been around a long time and has made no gains to speak of on the workstation. It's going to be something new if it happens.
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post #8 of 26
I think android will be king in netboot and handheld devices soon, we just got a acen netbook in stock that has a dual boot win7 starter and android!
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They already sell some laptop that runs only android.
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post #10 of 26
eh, android is good for a phone/tablet, but a joke as a computer OS.

Chrome OS might be worth taking a look at, but i don't think it is a viable "desktop" either, as it is designed to work in the cloud.
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