The New York Times is reporting that Google plans to introduce an operating system for PCs based on its Chrome browser. The report, citing unnamed sources, says an official announcement will come Wednesday on a company blog.
From the article:
The move would sharpen the already intense competition between Google and Microsoft, whose Windows operating system controls the basic functions of the vast majority of personal computers.
Google could well be hoping to capitalize on the rise of netbooks, the compact, low-cost computers that have turned the PC world on its head.
Updated: The official announcement is already out as of late Tuesday. (Thanks to Jared for the tip.)
Google Chrome OS is an open source, lightweight operating system that will initially be targeted at netbooks. Later this year we will open-source its code, and netbooks running Google Chrome OS will be available for consumers in the second half of 2010. (More)