"Google takes its rivalry with Microsoft a step further"
(1) ... announcement came as (2) ... humble blog post on Google's corporate website. By promising to launch a free operating system for personal computers (PCs) later this year, (3) ... online giant is mounting a direct attack on Microsoft and its dominant Windows operating system. TechCrunch, a technology blog, reported the news as "Google Drops A Nuclear Bomb On Microsoft".
The bomb has a very long fuse, however. (4) ... first machines running Chrome OS, as the new software is to be called, will not be available until late next year. (5) ... initial version will only be suitable for netbooks, small, cheap laptops that have proved popular of late. The idea is to provide (6) ... compact and simple-to-use operating system that boots up in a few seconds and works securely and easily with (7) ... web-based applications, such as social networks and online e-mail. (8) ... software will combine Linux, the open-source operating system, with Chrome, Google's browser.
Microsoft has not yet officially responded. Windows Vista, (9) ... most recent version of its operating system, has not been a success. Its forays into Google's main territory, (10) ... web search and (11) ... online advertising, have not brought (12) ... big gains.
|Yet it is much too early to count Microsoft out. It recently launched Bing, (13) ... new search service, which has been well received. In October, around (14) ... time when Google will make Chrome OS available, Microsoft will release Windows 7, (15) ... much-improved next iteration of its operating system. (16) ... firm is also spending|
billions of dollars on a "cloud" - (17) ... global network of (18) ... huge data centers-which will rival Google's infrastructure for web-based applications.
Will there be (19) ... clear winner? Probably not in (20) ... foreseeable future. That is (21) ... good thing: the epic fight between the two giants promises to speed up innovation, which is what the recession-bound IT industry most needs.
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