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?