Google announced, in a blog post on its corporate website late on July 7th, that it would launch an operating system for personal computers, thus opening a direct assault on Microsoft, which has dominated the market for years.
The free operating system for personal computers (PCs) will be unveiled later this year and will address many of the frustrations voiced by users of Microsoft Windows, such as slow computer start-up times. The software will combine Linux, the open-source operating system, with Chrome, Google’s browser.
It will be aimed first at netbooks (small laptops), but will eventually be able to power fully fledged PCs. Analysts speculated that Google was trying to muddy the prospects for Microsoft’s new Windows 7 operating system.