Google announced the planned release of its Chrome operating system this fall. The operating system will be a rival to Microsoft’s Windows system, and, unlike Windows, is free.
The release date is a bit of a surprise, since Google had initially talked about making the OS available sometime in 2011.
“We are working on bringing the device later this fall,” said Google vice president of product management Sundar Pichai at CompuTex Taipei.
The open source operating system is based on the Chrome browser, which is designed to work exclusively with web applications. Google intends the operating system to be a major cog in their offerings.
“It’s something which we are very excited by … We expect it to reach millions of users on day one,” Pichai said.
More than 70 million people use the Chrome browser, according to Google.