Count me among the skeptics who see Googleâ€™s Chrome OS announcement this week as, first and foremost, an effort to induce pain in its longtime rival Microsoft. And a pointless one at that.
Googleâ€™s desire to beat Microsoft goes well beyond its other rivalries. Yahoo has long posed a more direct threat to Googleâ€™s ad revenue, but the competitive spirit was always a productive one, and the goal seemed to be a better experience for the web user. Twitterâ€™s real-time search looms as a new threat, but Google has nothing but respect for the company. But Microsoft? The overriding goal is to cause pain.