Google recently announced their new operating system, Chrome OS, based on Linux. Now they have also come out with some information as to which computer makes will be using their new operating system, Chrome OS. So far they already have agreements with companies such as Acer, Adobe, Asus, Hewlett-Packard, Lenovo, Texas Instruments and Toshiba.
Google Blog author, Sundar Pichai, also confirms that Chrome OS will be a free operating system.
Though Google claim Chrome OS is a new project separate from Android, I think there could be a bit of overlapping in between on the netbook market. Android was designed to work across a variety of devices from phones to set-top boxes and netbooks. Chrome OS is for people who spend most of their time online and will be found on anything from netbooks to full-size desktop systems.
Google Chrome OS is expected to enter the open-source stage later this year and the operating system itself should be on netbooks in the second half of 2010. The key aspects of Google Chrome OS is Speed, Simplicity and Security. They want the OS to be ready for surfing within seconds of booting it up, fast and lightweight too. It will run on both x86 and ARM processors.
Could this be bye-bye to Microsoft on the netbook market?