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Google Starts New Microsoft War with Chrome OS

Reuters - Jul 8, 2009

When Google (GOOG) launched Android, the open-source operating system designed to power mobile Internet devices, industry analysts were surprised to discover that PC manufacturers had begun to use it to power netbooks, the cheap, low-power laptops that have become among the biggest sellers in a dismal market. Now, Google has thrown itself fully into the netbook market with the release of Chrome OS, a new operating system based on its Web browser and designed to directly challenge Microsoft (MSFT) for the future of the personal computer.

The search giant had originally planned to announce the release today but bumped it up to yesterday after the New York Times got wind of it. In a blog post, Google Vice President of Product Management Sundar Pichai and engineering director Linus Upson wrote that Chrome OS will be specifically configured to directly connect to the Web as quickly as possible, without the operating system's interface slowing you down as it powers software on the computer. In short, it's designed to be a seamless way to use cloud-based computing, with all the relevant software and security systems operating from servers maintained by Google.

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- Posted: 2009-07-08 12:37:26

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