Google Chrome OS Demo

Google Chrome OS Demo


>>We want to first start by booting the machine.
So Kahn is actually–Kahn Lee, who is the product manager on Chrome OS, is actually
going to press the button and do a cold reboot. Let’s go. So we really care about how fast
we can get the machine to boot. We want this to be in a matter of seconds. And as you can
see, we are in the log-in screen, right? It takes about seven seconds right now and we
are working very, very, very hard to make this time shorter. It takes another three
seconds to log-in to your favorite application. So we are going to switch to the machine from
which we have been projecting. In case you didn’t realize, we have been projecting from
a Chrome OS machine. So we are going to get out of the full screen mode and we are within
Chrome OS. So two things before I get started with the demo, first of all, hopefully, this
is not a surprise to you, but it looks like Chrome, right? And so, internally, we joke
around, saying Chrome is Chrome OS, right, and Chrome is the OS for all practical purposes.
Having said that, there are many, many interesting changes in Chrome which I’m going to walk
you through to make it function like an operating system. The advantage of doing it this way
is it’s very familiar and intuitive to most users. Almost everyone knows how to use a
browser; so we just want it to feel that way. The second thing I want to say before I walk
through the UI is, at this stage of the project, we are opening up the project to a year ahead
of release. So we are actually training through the UI. I have to convince the team to stop
checking in code so that we can kind of be able to freeze it for the demo, right? We
are checking in codes as we speak. So, a lot of the UI is going to change. I’m not fully
sure how it will turn out, but one thing I can guarantee is it won’t be exactly like
what you’re looking at today. Having said that, there are many, many important concepts
here which we are very sure will carry over to the final product. So, I’m going to focus
on covering those aspects for you first. So, let’s start with, it looks like Chrome but
on the top left hand side, you’re seeing some small tabs; we call this application tabs.
So, you can take any of your favorite applications. In my case, it’s Gmail and Calendar, et cetera;
but it could be Facebook, it could be YahooMail, whatever users want. You can take any application
and, with one click, pin it to be your favorite application. And once you do that, we call
these application tabs. We are working very hard to make it possible for you to get to
your favorite applications instantly. So once you choose something as an application tab,
they always stay in place. So, let’s open a few tabs. As you can see, Kahn is opening
a few tabs; but the application tabs on the top left, the five of them, don’t move at
all. So you can open, close, et cetera; they always stay in place. So, we are working very
hard to make it easy for you to access your favorite applications. In addition to this
method of accessing your applications, there is–on the top left hand side, you have something
what we call as the App Menu. So, caveat, the UI here is going to change but the concept
is we really want you to be able to discover new applications as well as to access your
top applications. So let’s go around and start poking around the App menu. I’m noticing an
interesting app called Contacts, so let’s try that out. Something interesting happened.
Something popped from below–internally, we call these as moles because they kind of come
from underground but we are going to call them panels externally. So, panels are something–which
these are persistent lightweight windows which you can have them around with you all the
time. They are persistent. So, for example, let’s click on a few tabs–they don’t move
at all, right? And the panel stays; it’s a persistent window. There are several interesting
use cases for it. You can minimize them and make them go away and you can bring them back.
We are going to work hard to make sure we can automatically manage panels for users.
So, this is a chat window. So, Khan is chatting with David, one of the engineers on the team,
and, hopefully, David says hi back. There you go. So Buddy List and Chat is a great
example of how you would use a panel. Let’s see one of the use cases for panels right
there. So, let’s poke around; there’s Notepad. So let’s click on Notepad as an example. So,
one more panel–the interesting thing about Chrome OS is, I mentioned all data is in the
cloud. So what does that mean? So, Khan is going to type something here and maybe we
should go to Google doc and open this notepad file. You can see it’s right there in the
cloud. All data in Chrome OS is in the cloud. So, as a model, anything you put on the machine
is instantly available to you from anywhere so–which is something we are very, very excited
about. Let me show one more use case for panels. Let’s type YouTube in the Chrome Omnibox.
Recently, we launched this very cool music feature called Music OneBox by which you can
type in names of songs and play it right off the Google search page. So let’s click on
Beautiful Day. You can see a panel popped up and it plays right in place. It’s a persistent
window; you can leave it there, you can minimize it and keep working, right? You can use this
to put streaming music from the Web. So these are interesting examples of how we expect
people to use panels. Before we get caught up in the song, so, let’s wrap it up. If you
go to the-—well, let’s go poke around at the app menu once more. So, what I like about
Netbooks is, today, I traveled and I go on vacation and it’s tough to carry my DVD player,
my computer, my book reader, et cetera. The great thing about Netbooks is these are ultra-light
and mobile devices and once battery times get much better, you can carry them around
with you as general purpose devices. So, we actually expect these to be great entertainment
devices. People should be able to watch videos, play music, play games, books, et cetera.
So let’s see how the experience looks like. So I’m an avid chess player so I have this
chess game which I use on my Chrome OS machine and you can now–with just a flash–double-click,
okay. So Khan is playing the chess game. You can see how it’s very easy and visual and
you can enter–you can make it full screen more and take over the screen. So these are
good examples of what we expect people to do with these machines. In fact, another good
example of what you can do is read books. So, for example, we are working hard on this
experience and we have ways to go, but if you look at Google Books, for example, here
is “Alice in Wonderland.” So you can have it on your netbook in a full screen mode and
you can read conveniently. It’s–you know, these are scanned books which are available,
and I can totally imagine reading it to my daughter, you know, carrying a netbook around
with me. So it’s very, very compelling. So we are really interested in solving all these
interesting user experiences for people. One of the things is I spend all my time in one
Chrome window, but it’s very common for users to have multiple sets of windows. So we want
to walk you through that experience. For example, it’s the time of the year in which I’m trying
to get all my gift shopping done before holidays come around, right? So I have a set of windows
with Amazon, eBay, et cetera, so I can easily switch over to the other windows. And so I
have Amazon and eBay; it’s a completely different Chrome instance for me. And I even have YouTube.
I want to take the chance to show that YouTube works and Flash works on the machine, so let’s
click on a video and make sure it works. So as you can see, YouTube works and Flash works.
I’ll just move to another window. Let’s go back to the original window; you can move
back and forth. In fact, you can go to the “All View” mode and you can see all the windows
which are open on your system. The UI here is going to change a little bit, but you can
imagine, I can open a new Chrome window, right? And I can drag and drop a tab from one Chrome
window to another Chrome window. It’s very simple, very intuitive and just works. So,
this is the core part of the user experience. Having said that, one of the things we realized
is people are going buy these netbooks, they’re going to go home and do a lot of common things
they are used to doing with computers. So we actually have a long list of all these
use cases and we are working hard to make sure it works seamlessly for users. Let me
walk through a couple of examples. Most people plug in their cameras, right? They may plug
in a USB drive. And so what happens if we plug in a USB drive? You can imagine the set-up
concept, but you can imagine Chrome opens a tab and shows you what’s in the content
of a camera or a USB drive and you can see the files that are on the machine. It turns
out in this USB drive, there are Excel files. We don’t have Microsoft Excel on this machine.
So what happens if we click Excel file. Let’s give it a shot. It turns out Microsoft office
launched a killer app for Chrome OS. They’ve been working very, very hard to do this. The
point here is Chrome OS does not have a propriety app framework. It’s a completely open app
framework. It’s the Web; so anybody who puts up a URL, anybody who writes an application
that works on the Web and in a browser is writing an application for Chrome OS. It’s
something we are very, very excited by. And, for the record, I’m an avid Google Spreadsheets
user–just a disclaimer. So, there are few other use cases people can do. Here are some
interesting use case we can demonstrate. So Khan is going to take a picture; in fact,
he has one of the new droids and it has a five mega pixel camera so it’s pretty cool.
So, hopefully, we are going to get a good picture out of it and he’s going to take the
picture, and let’s see what happens if you plug this in your Chrome OS machine. So you
can see Chrome OS detects the camera as a storage device, that the phone is a storage
device. It can pull the picture right there. So he’s clicking on the picture. And here
you go; I can see Arlington squarely in the center of the picture. So it turns out there
is a video on the phone as well. So let’s try and see what happens if you click the
video. The video plays right in place in the panel we talked about. So the point here is
we really want it to be possible for all these seamless use cases to–I mean, for all these
use cases for uses to be seamless. We just want computers to be delightful and works.
So we are working very hard to make that possible. One final example I just want to give is people
run in to many, many different types of files, right, when they use a computer. They need
to be able to use those files. For example, let’s go to one of my favorite Web sites–I
go there pretty often–the IRS.gov. And let’s go around and click on a PDF file, right?
So what happens if you click on a PDF file? It works. It’s instant. It’s in the browser,
right? So, that’s the underlying theme of what we are trying to accomplish: speed, simplicity
and security. So I’m going to take a step…

99 comments

  1. Chrome OS is a open-source (free) operating system that could cause Microsoft to lose business. They take that even further by making there free system able to open MS office files using MS office apps (which usually cost a couple of hundred dollars) through the web for free as well. So they basically found a way to make MS give their Chrome OS free MS office capabilities on accident just because you can edit those files in a browser. Kind of a nerd joke if you only use computer casually

  2. Agreed, but only if you want a good computer for heavy use. If you use the laptop for word processing, email, etc. (light use), then you can buy a used laptop for a very reasonable price. For example, the first gen macbook pro I picked up for $600. Not spectacular, but it works quite well for the price.

  3. All applications designed to run on a web browser for mobile computing work on chrome os (because chrome os essentially is a web browser), so windows apps that they designed to promote windows products can be "borrowed" by googles operating system… so the competition is unknowingly working for google on this project…..

  4. I think it was about how Microsoft was making the application for windows OS, but because of how Chrome OS works, the app was pretty much made for chrome as well.

  5. But aren`t these netbooks totally redundant if you don`t get internet connection at some places… I mean you can`t do anything without internet …

  6. well yes u need a neat conection nowa days
    like i once told an older neighbour
    having a computer with no net service is like having
    a car with no petrell r fuel
    like having a fireplacce with coal to burn
    got it now

  7. u dont have high spped in china
    my speed in ireland europe is 5 mbits per second
    it is slow
    oh and by the way china rocks
    i gota go there some day

  8. Microsoft, kind of a rival, didn't write the app for Chrome OS but for any browser, and by doing so, it ended up writing an app for Office in Chrome OS, since the OS itself is a browser,

  9. all cool and dandy, but how does it work without internet?? I have over 3tb of data on an external drive. How does it browse it? What about Klite codec, can it be installed so I can play every kind of video file in existence. I don't to use youtube all the time or netflix.

  10. the concept is good, but they need to rethink the OS, they made Android, why not doing the sam with chrome OS, maybe still oriented to the cloud. Anyways thats what ubuntu is doing ryt now, with the native ubuntu1 cloud access.

  11. $2,038us, but I needed to build a workstation, some people doesn't need that much, most people I know spend around $1,000us to $1,500us for a main computer.

  12. It's kind of multimedia/social networking computer. Not everybody is interested in watching movies on a computer, not everybody plays games or has facebook account. People are using computers for other reasons than that.

  13. no but Google Docs for MS Office, Splashup as your html based Gimp or Photoshop, JsBin as your html programming suite, etc…

  14. it seems to me that they are just presenting a browser !! but i believe that they will make it looks and works better 😉

  15. For typical use, yes $500 can get you a pretty good desktop, and a decent laptop. If you're into anything that is about typical use, such as rendering, using resource expensive programs, playing games, etc. then $500 really doesn't get you much compared to what an extra $300+ would get you

  16. The PS4 is using the ATI RX10 if I'm not mistaken, which is basically the 7850 in terms of specs. Sure, the PS4 & next gen Xbox will be using the same tech. for years to come, but one of the main points of a PC is for it to be up to date. For you, rendering a 5 minute video in 30 minutes may be acceptable, but for most that's pretty ridiculous. I render videos in 1080p at 60 Hz, and basically render them in real time. It takes about 10 minutes to render a 10 minute HD video. IMO, 30mim=potato :s

  17. I think he means that positively.
    In another comment he said he spend 2,000$ U.S. on his computer. So it's kind of confusing I guess.

  18. The SteamBox It's a video game console, not a computer.

    While technically is the same thing, both have different purposes.

  19. Well it's technically a computer to make it look and feel like a game console. It runs on Linux, it uses Steam. Still, it can run any other Linux programs.

  20. I interpreted it as "Who would pay as much as $500 for a main computer" not "Why would you only spend $500 on your main computer"

  21. Well, I couldn't even HEAR what they were saying, so I didn't learn anything at all from this crappy video! I would really like to learn/understand what Chrome is all about, but it obviously won't be from here! BTW, since I couldn't hear, but read a few comments, my custom built Dell desktop cost rt at $3000.00 & was Hardware specific w only the OS software pre loaded.

  22. It's their first crack at their own hardware and OS. Did you really expect them to sweep Microsoft or Apple off their feet in the market in the first bout?

  23. Currently, the Chromebooks have low specs, and no way to run Origins. If EA makes bf4 available for Chrome OS, you would need a very high end Chromebook.

  24. im a super fan of chrome since it came out and This is Awesome news to me, but the question that im asking my self is…. how can i access my Pictures, Video or my documents folder… you know were i have my important stuff? because i have a New HP Laptop with windows 8 and to tell you the true, i use the internet 90% of the times and the only use my laptop is to play games or to use photoshop and MS Word and Publisher that i use regularly.  so that bean say, will Chrome OS will have a Folder like My Documents? or will it be able to play game offline? because i play alot Minecraft Offline and DIablo, Need for speed World and other games. well that's my big question, i hope i wont get ignored and some one could help me

  25. Well, although it's much faster in boot up and more convenient for use, gives more comfort and makes you more inpatient and lazy in a way. You kinda have even less privacy since cloud-application management and files connected to it- especially if you store it online unlike "Tor browser"? So that can be on barges which are building up in ports? New system of stronger control or greater freedoms?
    I am not against it, really welcome new way of thinking and trying new stuff/improving old one. Since it's boring to have closed windows/apple OS's and linux. But these are few of questions and concerns.
    Also, i am pretty much aware there is no privacy almost anywhere left in today's world except in true nature.

  26. Its interesting, but it seems like I have to be on the internet all the time, which I don't have all the time. So its kind of basically useless if you're not on the internet and want to just read downloaded mangas or something, which I do a lot of.

  27. What if a have to run Aspen HYSYS? Will Crome OS run this simulation engineering program? Not of course!

  28. most of applications are on cloud and online, what if I loose connection or what if my  connection is not reliable? Then the system will become useless to me…

  29. it's all about cloud computing, requires high speed internet connection. can;t wait to have one chromebook

  30. "Contacts" is an interesting app !!!!???? fucking idiot , its a usual thing for every OS !!! using awful combination of words doesn't make a shit-pie look like an apple-pie !! 

  31. Salamat sa iyo aking PANGINOONG JESUS
    Akoy inibig mo at inangking lubos
    Ang tanging ALAY ko sayo AKING AMA,,,,,

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