Google launches operating system

News broke last night that Google is planning to launch an operating system to challenge the dominance of Microsoft’s Windows platform. Google Chrome OS will initially be targeted at netbooks, claimed the company release, but plans for the future of the system have yet to be annnounced.

Sundar Pichai, vice-president of product management at Google, and Linus Upson, the engineering director produced a joint blog post, which says: "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 completely redesigning the underlying security architecture of the OS so that users don’t have to deal with viruses, malware and security updates."

The announcement comes in the wake of the successful launch of Google Android, the operating system that runs on mobile phones. The firm is no doubt hoping that Google Chrome will dent Microsoft’s 90 per cent share of the market.

More news to follow later this week. We’ll keep you posted.

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