But this truth is more obvious than the sun - here it is; look at it; its brightness blinds you:
- Google Chrome is a browser, that is an application
- Windows 7 is an operating system, within which applications run
Applications and Operating Systems are not the same thing, Google are not competing with the Windows operating system. Their cloud applications do compete with the Microsoft Office application suite but that's an entirely different kettle of worms. To access Google cloud applications you require a browser application, not necessarily Chrome, an operating system (say Windows 7) and a high speed Internet connection.
Technical journalists and the MSM at large have failed to grasp this simple truth, and may have given you the impression that Microsoft are under threat from the Chrome "operating system" in the msm-tech-onanism-fest that has surrounded the launch of Windows 7 today. Much as I would like this to be the case, in fact for anybody to compete with Microsoft, alas it's just not the case. And Google? A high tech advertising agency with software applications rather than billboards.
By the way, if you are running Vista, I can recommend an upgrade to Windows 7. It is significantly quicker; it makes a much better job of getting performance from all of your hardware than Vista ever managed - particularly older systems, has a pretty good inbuilt security package and finally gets close to the Apple MAC on a laptop (first time for everything). But I would suggest waiting for the first Service Pack, which should be along shortly, a fresh install already requires about 200MB of updates - when it gets to CD size it usually becomes a Service Pack.
If you do manage to get Google Chrome running on your PC without an operating system, please let me know - you should probably write me a letter, with a stamp and everything like - any other form of PC based communication will merely be a trick of your failing grasp on sanity.