After years of speculation.. here is the announcement.
Many are seeing this as a tactical nuke at Microsoft’s monopoly, however, let’s keep in mind that Google too often dreams big but things never quite catch up (see: backpack, Google Talk, Docs).
It’s going to be fun to see. With Google becoming serious, stripping beta tags, supporting the IT community and even the SMB community, things are certainly very interesting all of a sudden:
We hear a lot from our users and their message is clear — computers need to get better. People want to get to their email instantly, without wasting time waiting for their computers to boot and browsers to start up. They want their computers to always run as fast as when they first bought them. They want their data to be accessible to them wherever they are and not have to worry about losing their computer or forgetting to back up files. Even more importantly, they don’t want to spend hours configuring their computers to work with every new piece of hardware, or have to worry about constant software updates. And any time our users have a better computing experience, Google benefits as well by having happier users who are more likely to spend time on the Internet.
I agree with their assumption, I’d love to see it delivered even more.