Google to go head-to-head with Microsoft

Google is to go head-to-head with Microsoft’s Windows franchise, with the launch of an operating system aimed at laptop users.

The internet company is planning to launch the Google Chrome Operating System next year and will initially see it develop a number of netbooks for the market.

Vice president of product management Sundar Pichai and engineering director Linus Upson said on the company’s official blog, it would be “our attempt to re-think what operating systems should be”.

Google says it will be fast and lightweight and enable users to access the web within a few seconds. There will also be a focus on ensuring that users will not have to deal with viruses and security updates.

The internet company is currently working on the project with a number of manufacturers and the netbooks will be on sale from the second half of next year.

Microsoft, the software company, has long dominated the operating system market with Windows. Others that have tried but failed to dent its lead have been Apple’s Macintosh Operating System.

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