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

“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.”
Complete article

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.