Google has announced that it will be debuting the Google OS running on Samsung and Acer notebooks called “Google Chromebooks” on June 15, 2011.

What does this mean (exciting!) and why is this of any importance?

First off, the Google OS is a completely different approach to computing. Rather than having the computer’s operating system run all of the applications and store all of your data, the Google OS runs with the the Google Chrome web browser engine at its core and all applications or “programs” are done on the web and your documents and photos are saved to the web.

This also means there’s no more waiting for a computer to turn on. There is no more waiting to log into your account while every application loads while you sit patiently until you feel you can finally click on something without pissing off your computer. Chromebook takes Less than 10 seconds from start to finish.

There will be two models available (similar to the Apple iPad phenomenon) where one version is a Wi-Fi only model and the other is a Wi-Fi plus 3G model. The Wi-Fi only will require the use of a wireless network at a house or business (or a mobile hotspot) and the Wi-Fi plus 3G will require a mobile broadband contract with a cellular provider.

Always Connected

Because everything you do is stored on the web, you don’t need to worry about how much hard drive space you have. Additionally, and even more important, since your documents are stored on the web, you no longer need to worry about backing up your data. If you lose/break your computer, all you need to do is replace/fix your Chromebook and sign in. All your programs and documents will be there.

Same Experience Everywhere

Amazing Web Apps

I should warn that the Google Chromebook is not for everyone. You can’t run Photoshop (yet) and certain websites that aren’t Google Chrome compatible will still cause you headaches (some MLSs in particular). A favorite “feature” of mine is the removal of the “CAPS LOCK” key on the keyboard. It has been replaced with a button to launch a web search.

However, it is interesting to see how well this is received. I can’t wait to get my hands on one to give it a try.