- See how well Windows 7 really performs in InfoWorld's tests.
Chrome OS: Emperor's new clothes or paradigm shift?
Just about a month after the Windows 7 launch, Microsoft's archnemesis, Google, released its Chrome operating system to the open source community. Google said Chrome OS, due out in about a year, will be faster, simpler and more secure than existing OSes. It probably will be, because it does a lot less than current operating systems. Chrome OS runs only Web-based applications and will not even be able to run applications built for Google's own Android mobile OS. That, and the fact that peripherals for Chrome OS-based machines will have to comply with specific hardware reference designs, means that in no way can it be a replacement for current PC OSes. But that's the point. Computer users are spending more time accessing Web services and applications. Not many PC owners are ready to throw out their hard drives, but take-up of small, Net-centric devices will one day lead to a tipping point where the majority of users tap the Web for virtually all their computing needs.
- InfoWorld's Neil McAllister debunks the 5 myths of the Chrome OS.
Yahoo, Microsoft sign deal ... and seal Yahoo's search fate?
In the end, the two companies worked out something that was less than a marriage of convenience, but which nevertheless managed to fundamentally alter one of the legendary names in Internet search. A year and a half after Microsoft made an unsolicited bid to buy Yahoo for $44.6 billion, kicking off a series of stormy, on-again-off-again talks, the two companies announced a search deal aimed at giving them leverage against Google. The companies agreed to a revenue-sharing deal calling for Microsoft's Bing to run Yahoo's search site and for Yahoo to sell premium search advertising services for both companies. This relegates the Yahoo search engine to the dustbin of also-rans, and puts pressure on Carol Bartz, who took the CEO reins from founder Jerry Yang, to build up Yahoo's non-search technology and services to the point where they can sustain the company. Investors are still holding their breath -- Yahoo shares are trading at half the $31 Microsoft offered almost two years ago.