Last month Microsoft challenged Google with their own search engine, the (as of yet) little used Bing. Today Google fired back with the announcement of their own operating system.
Saying current operating systems were designed for a time when there was no World Wide Web, Google Inc. said Wednesday it will develop a new one based on its Chrome browser. The new operating system puts Google more squarely in competition with Microsoft Corp., which relies on its Windows operating system for more than half its revenue. “Google Chrome OS is being created for people who spend most of their time on the Web, and is being designed to power computers ranging from small netbooks to full-size desktop systems,” the Mountain View, Calif-based search giant said on its official blog.
Google says their OS will debut in late 2010 as an open-source system designed for netbooks, but will later widen the release to include desktops.