Google appears to be
giving another big push to the Chrome operating system, known mostly for powering its Chromebook venture.
Google and Samsung showed off a newly revamped
Chromebook laptop and announced the Chromebox, a desktop computer that
also runs on the Chrome OS.
The new Chromebook is a 12.1-inch Samsung Series 5 550, and
comes with an improved webcam and track pad, as well as a video port that works
with HDMI, DVI and VGA cables. Meanwhile, the Chromebox makes no bones about
being somewhat stripped down when compared to other desktop computers (the $330
price-point should be a distinct giveaway), but it offers three display and six
USB ports, making it rather useful as a device for media consumption.
Perhaps most notable are the changes to the Chrome OS
software, which now offers a taskbar and window management. While the focus of
the OS has always been on connecting users with the cloud, this most recent
update (number 19) is working to improve offline file management.
Google Docs developers are currently working on a seamless offline mode that
would make the OS more useful to everyday consumers. Plus, it can now handle
more file types than ever.