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Gmail Creator Says Chrome To Die In 2011

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Isn’t Twitter great? Not only does it allow us to connect with people from all walks of life and get instant access to the inner most thoughts of the rich and famous, it also allows former employees to have their say on exactly what they think of recent developments – which in this case is Google’s Chrome OS.

Paul Buchheit, a former Google employee and driving force behind the very popular Gmail, has turned judge, jury and executioner by declaring: “ChromeOS will be killed next year (or “merged” with Android)” via his Twitter account. And it didn’t end there. Buchheit, who founded FriendFeed before selling it to Facebook, went on to say: “ChromeOS has no purpose that isn’t better served by Android (perhaps with a few mods to support a non-touch display)." This comes only days after Andy Rubin launched the Cr-48 developer notebook, which is the first to run the Chrome OS.

There has been a lot of debate surrounding Chrome OS lately and Buchheit referred to this in his final tweet (so far) on the subject: “I was thinking, “is this too obvious to even state?”, but then I see people taking ChromeOS seriously, and Google is even shipping devices for some reason.” It isn’t the only time someone connected to Google has hinted that having two operating system on the go at the same time isn’t the greatest idea in the world. Google co-founder Sergey Brin has noted previously that the Mountain View company will more than likely “produce a single OS down the road.”

Another issue at Google is recent losses of high profile employees to competitors including the main architect behind Chrome OS, Matthew Papakipos, who left for a job with Mark Zuckerberg at Facebook last summer. It will be interesting to see if there is any retort from Google or will it be happy to let its operating sytem, or should that be operating systems, do the talking. We’ll have to wait and see.

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