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Google Chrome OS: Google’s operating system for Netbooks

Google just announced a big news that will put the Mountain View firm in direct confrontation with Microsoft: Google Chrome Operating System ? a lightweight open source operating system that will initially be geared towards Netbooks. ?This is our attempt to rethink what operating systems should look like.?

?Later this year we will make available its source code and netbooks with Google Chrome OS will be available to consumers in the second half of 2010. We have been talking with partners about the project and we will soon be working with the open source community, we want to share our vision now so that everyone understands what we?re trying to achieve, ?said Google.

Like all of its products, Google Chrome OS will also feature improved speed, simplicity and security as a focus of development. ?We are designing the operating system to be fast and light, it will take a few seconds to boot to the web. The user interface is minimal to stay out of your way, and to further explore the user experience on the web. ?

Google explains that Google Chrome OS is a different project than Android ? a platform developed from the beginning for mobile devices ? and is being created for people who spend a lot of time on the web and will also be designed to power small computers to desktop systems full-size.

Netbook ? ?Term used to describe a class of subnotebook type laptops, small or medium in size, light weight, low cost and generally used only in internet-based services, such as web browsing and e-mails? says the Wikipedia.