“Laptop computers using Google’s Chrome operating system will go on sale in June, as the world’s No. 1 Internet search engine challenges Microsoft Corp. and Apple on their home turf,” Noel Randewich reports for Reuters.
“The new Web-centric PCs, made by Samsung and Acer Inc., are Google’s latest attempt to change how consumers and companies use their computers,” Randewich reports. “The bare-bones operating system is essentially a web browser that steers users to use applications like email and spreadsheets directly on the web, instead of storing software such as Outlook or Word directly on PCs. For nearly two years Google has touted Chrome as an alternative to Microsoft Windows, which is used on more than 90 percent of the world’s PCs, but faced delays launching laptops designed to use the software.”
“As with Android, Chrome software will be free, but is expected to spur people to use the Internet more often and search for more things, potentially boosting Google’s Internet ads business. The operating system and ‘Chromebook’ PCs expand on Google’s web browser, also called Chrome, that competes against Microsoft’s Internet Explorer,” Randewich reports. “The laptops, using processors made by Intel, will be available for order on Amazon.com and Best Buy’s online store on June 15. The Mountain View, California company will also offer businesses its Chromebooks, along with technical support, as a hassle-free solution for $28 a month.”
Randewich reports, “Google is competing fiercely against Apple to win consumers in the mobile market, with sales of Android-based phones recently overtaking iPhones but with its own tablets far behind Apple’s iPad. Google kicked off its annual developers forum on Tuesday with an image of its Android robot eating an apple, a shot at its Cupertino, California rival.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Anything that shakes up/injects the concept of choice into the desktop/laptop operating system and office suite markets is good for Apple and bad for Microsoft.
Many could be quite surprised at how quickly Microsoft goes down.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “noone” for the heads up.]