Full disclosure: I am a huge fan of Google. Beyond just using the basic search engine, I routinely use Google Blog Search, Reader, Scholar, Books, Documents, and even Chrome, their newish web browser. So, I’m pretty geeked that Google is working on a new operating system to challenge industry baddie Microsoft. Apparently, this has been in the works for some time, but Google just released the news today. Here’s a bit from the NY Times article:

New York Times
July 8, 2009
Google Plans a PC Operating System
By MIGUEL HELFT and ASHLEE VANCE

“Speed, simplicity and security are the key aspects of Google Chrome OS,” said Sundar Pichai, vice president of product management, and Linus Upson, engineering director, in a post on a company blog. “We’re designing the OS to be fast and lightweight, to start up and get you onto the Web in a few seconds.”
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A few more things about the new operating system: it is intended for PC’s only, it will likely premier on lightweight netbooks, and it will definitely privelege web applications (such as Google Documents) over software. The development of a Google operating system (also called Chrome, by the way) is another step toward cloud computing: Google seems to be betting on the fact that all applications will eventually move onto the web. One more bonus–Chrome will be much less susceptible to malware and viruses. I will be eager to give it a try–it will be available in 2010.