From Mosaic to Chrome
Microsoft's Internet Explorer and AOL/Netscape's Navigator and Communicator dominate the market. Most eBusiness solutions support versions of
these browsers. However, there are significant differences between the performance aspects and content support features of different versions
of the Microsoft and AOL/Netscape browsers.
If your eBusiness solution will produce content that consists of anything more sophisticated than the most basic text and graphics in the
simplest form of HTML, you should take the time to understand the differences between browser versions.
Google Chrome and Chrome OS
When you think about operating systems, you probably think about the standard job titles an operating system wears:
- application launcher,
- hardware mediator,
- file wrangler,
- printing concierge, and
- task manager.
Whether it is Microsoft Windows or Mac OS X, these are the things that your average operating system is supposed to do, right?
There is a new operating system in town, and there’s nothing average about it. The Google Chrome OS is far from average for one very good reason:
It does not do any of the standard operating system jobs I mentioned.
Google Chrome OS does do some of those standard jobs but only in the most minimal way possible.
What does Google Chrome OS do, exactly?
Its main job title is cloud facilitator.
In the early 1990s, the computer company Sun Microsystems launched a new marketing campaign with a singularly perplexing slogan:
"The network is the computer." I cobbled together my first network in 1993, the only upshot was that I used floppy disks less.
My computer stayed resolutely in front of me, and I am sure this was the case for most folks back then.
However, in the past few years we have seen Sun's slogan become reality. As the number of things we did online increased, from banking to reading news to sharing photos, we observed how the network ( the Internet) is now at least an extension of our computers. And as we increasingly access our data using wireless technologies. We see that a large portion of our computing lives is now out there in cyberspace.