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Google Operating System Announced

A new Google operating system is in development, the internet giant has announced.

Google says its aim is to make the experience of computer users better but many are wondering whether Google is planning the kill shot, by taking aim at Microsoft in its strongest market.

The company says the Google operating system will be based on Chrome, and in fact officially calls it the Google Chrome Operating System.

"It's our attempt to re-think what operating systems should be," they say. "Google Chrome OS will be 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."

"Speed, simplicity and security are the key aspects of Google Chrome OS. We're designing the OS to be fast and lightweight, to start up and get you onto the web in a few seconds. The user interface is minimal to stay out of your way, and most of the user experience takes place on the web."

"We are going back to the basics and completely redesigning the underlying security architecture of the OS so that users don't have to deal with viruses, malware and security updates," it says. A tall task no doubt.

"Google Chrome OS will run on both x86 as well as ARM chips and it is separate from Android (its mobile OS). Android was designed from the beginning to work across a variety of devices from phones to set-top boxes to netbooks. 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."

But Google isn't developing the OS on its own, it wants help.

"We have a lot of work to do, and we're definitely going to need a lot of help from the open source community to accomplish this vision."

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