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LetterRip
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Many years ago, in the early days of Netscape, Microsoft realized that browsers could be a wedge that allowed a competing OS/app ecosystem to establish a large enough toe hold to directly compete with MS Windows. This was why they invested so many resources in internet explorer.

Now, 20+ years later, Google is now capable of deploying Chrome OS with android app support - as an upgrade to the Chrome browser.

https://github.com/vladikoff/chromeos-apk/blob/master/archon.md

I suspect that soon (within 6 months to a year) it will ship by default. With the enormous android app ecosystem this could greatly diminish the impetus for developers to target the windows APIs, etc.

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JoshuaD
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I'll be interested to see how this plays out. My intuition is that building on top of the stack of java, chrome, and the local OS will be a bit too resource intensive for serious programs. It might provide a platform for development of smaller, useful apps.

The fact that it's all going through google's platform does scare me.

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This appears to be another form of virtual machine, but it doesn't have the full benefits of virtualization. It probably works well for some kinds of apps, but i am not seeing how it threatens Microsoft's cash cows.
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I'm an Android developer and I agree with scifibum's assessment. Android apps, like iOS apps, are tuned to small form factor touch-enabled devices. I don't see browser support being a huge win... yet.

Convergence is coming, and there will eventually be no distinction between the mobile and desktop OS, but we're still at least a few years away from that.

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