The general IT response I get about Google's Chrome announcement ranges between "oh no" to "oh hum"...
When Netscape and Microsoft were going at it, the angst in IT departments revolved around browser specs, support, etc. Although that has never truly gone away (Firefox, and others still have a significant market share), most corporate PC-oriented IT departments just focus on IE, then let the chips fall where they may. And since it usually just affects the user interface, the disruption was annoying, but not system threatening.
And now we have Chrome. Clearly a step by Google for positioning in the Cloud Wars (see my earlier post), and it carries with it the potential to introduce issues that are NOT just UI specific.
Just what we in IT need. Clearer battle lines, more choices, more innovation. A mix of good and bad.
Chrome is worth taking a look at and, as the battle for the cloud progresses, it may even be a factor.
But for now, like Google Apps, its more of a curiosity, a toy, and a harbinger of things to come. After all, it is Beta; and so is Gmail -- for over 4 years, in fact....maybe someone in Google thought "beta" is NY slang for "Better".