Watch out Apple and Microsoft: here's Google's OS
It was bound to be coming and now its there: The Google Chrome OS. The launch of Chrome and the launch of Android on mobile devices were a step up to the bigger work: Google OS.
With it being open source Google also expects consumers to try it on their PC's though. Google Chrome OS will be available for on netbooks for consumers in the second half of 2010. The source will be given free later this year. Google has not yet released who will be the manufacturer of the netbooks.
So what will this do to the 'war' between Google and Microsoft? Undoubtfully the battle is being sharpened. At about the same time as Google OS launches Microsoft will be rolling out Windows 7 to the world. Most probably the ones 'used to' Microsoft will stick with Microsoft, but chances are that the open source community and developers in general will be looking at Google OS. Also Google's friends at Apple will be looking across to see what's going on. Within a year Google became a competitor with launching a browser and now an OS. How will Steve Jobs react to that now he's back at his desk?
What will be interesting to see is how Google will be handling the legal issues. Will it for example put the browser Chrome into the OS, something Microsoft just recently stopped doing with IE? The EU will be looking at Google closely I suspect.
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