The net have been buzzing for the past 24 hours over Google’s surprising announcement of its new open source browser, Chrome. I haven’t seen any sources yet, but I’m sure they’ll release it soon.
Do we really need another browser? Google believes we do. After conquering the Internet, Google is after our desktop. The new browser would integrate seamlessly with the operating system, making web-based applications feel like regular application. Google sees a future where traditional desktop applications are made to be run on its browser, and the browser becomes the desktop. In other words, they want to kill Microsoft windows.
For the business user, that means he will no longer need to maintain various client software installed on his desktop. And most modern application, either running from the cloud of from within the enterprise, are already browser based.
Most open source ERP applications have a web UI (including Openbravo and Compiere) and are a natural fit into Google’s vision.
We decided to test drive Google chrome and see how well it copes with open source ERP applications. We have used Openbravo for this recorded demo, to be followed by another demo of Compiere’s web UI.
Google’s new browser is very light, fast and smooth. It renders pages with unusual ease and its footprint is minimal. It did have some issues rendering properly some of Openbravo’s screens.
One of the coolest things you can do in Chrome is take any tab (e.g. the Openbravo app tab), detach it from the browser and throw it around – the idea is that the Openbravo tab is no longer just a web page running under your browser, but a stand-alone application you can run from your desktop.
The Openbravo On Chrome recorded demo was added to our ever-expanding list of open source ERP recorded demos, which can be found in our Flash Comparartor page. To stay updated with the latest news on open source ERP, register to our RSS Feed.