Chrome OS gets a desktop feel with new 'Aura' interface

Originally a highly simplified and Web-centric operating system, Chrome OS is starting to feel a bit more traditional.

By Katherine Noyes, PC World |  Software, Chrome OS, Google

This video from Francois Beaufort offers an early taste of what the new interface is like.

'Admitting Defeat'?

When Google launched Chrome OS, its primary goals were to offer something lightweight and minimal, as it explained in the original blog post back in 2009.

In this era of increasingly mobile-style desktop interfaces, I think it's fascinating to see Google now moving in what appears to be the opposite direction. On the other hand, we've also seen suggestions that Android is headed for the desktop, so perhaps it's not that big a surprise.

Is this Google "admitting defeat," as TechCrunch has suggested? Or is it just one more sign of the convergence of the mobile and desktop computing worlds?

My vote is for the latter. "Post-PC" advocates can keep all their hype; "PC-plus" is where the future lies, and flexibility like this is a key part of what will help make that happen.


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