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Google to Launch PC Operating System

Google has sensed a window of opportunity: The company is taking aim at Microsoft’s Windows operating system by releasing an operating system of its own. “The system, based on Google’s Chrome Web browser, is designed for all classes of PCs, ‘from small netbooks to full-sized desktop systems’, and will be available in machines from ‘multiple’ PC makers in the second half of next year,” according to the Financial Times. Google promised its OS would resolve many of the frustrations of Windows users, from slow start-up times to viruses. The Chrome OS will first appear on notebooks in the second half of 2010.