1) Windows in Netbooks : The early versions of the Chrome operating system will be tailored for Netbooks, a breed of low-cost, less powerful laptop computers that are becoming increasingly popular. However, a vast majority of Netbooks already run on Windows, and that is unlikely to change unless Google can demonstrate the Chrome operating system is a significant improvement, said Forrester Research analyst Paul Jackson.

2) Hardware and app support : One major challenge that could delay adoption is getting makers of printers, networking gear, cameras and other devices to develop software that lets their equipment work with the new Google system. There are more than 2 million software drivers that connect devices to Windows PCs.

3) Windows’ user base : Microsoft’s Windows operating system has been even more dominant for a longer period time despite challenges from Apple Inc and various systems based on Linux, the same type of open-source software that Google plans to use. Analysts feel that people may bitch about Windows, but they are used to it. Windows is almost habit for many. And it is tough to change habits.

4) Chrome’s ‘limited’ success  :The new operating system is based on a product from Google that has had limited success: the Chrome browser. As of February, it claimed 1.2 per cent market share, compared to nearly 70 per cent for Microsoft’s browser, according to researcher Net Applications.

5)  Microsoft Bing and more : Analysts also had a warning for Google, cautioning the company’s executives against letting their foray into the PC desktop distract them from the company’s core search and advertising business, where Microsoft is making progress.  Bing, launched June 3 to generally positive reviews, handled 8.23 per cent of US Web searches in June, up from 7.21 per cent in April, according to Internet data firm StatCounter.

6) Web as backbone : Similarly, analysts wonder if applications that could once only run on local computers will reliably work on the Web. For, as everyone knows Web has been a disruptive technology, but then it is not always reliable. Network connections can be slow, or non-existent, and any functions that require frequent connections have the possibility of letting users down.

Source: Indiatimes