Google announced that Chrome OS will be an open source, lightweight operating system and will be initially available on netbooks. The new Chrome OS will make the computers faster, much simpler and fundamentally more secure.
Google said that the Chrome OS running note books will be available in early months of 2011. The Chrome OS also supports a wide range of screen sizes and form factors.
Chrome OS features:
* Instant web - Chrome notebooks boot in about 10 seconds and resume from sleep instantly. Websites load quickly and run smoothly, with full support for the latest web standards and Adobe Flash.
* Same experience everywhere - All apps, documents, and settings will be stored safely in the cloud.
* Always connected - Integrated Wi-Fi for home and work, and 3G for all the places in between.
* Security built in - Chrome notebooks use advanced technology to help prevent malware and viruses from accessing the data.
* Forever fresh - Chrome OS upgrades itself with the latest features and fixes.
* Amazing web apps - Every Chrome notebook will have millions of web apps, from games to spreadsheets to photo editors.
Google also launched the pilot program to test the new OS. The pilot program allows the experts to test the OS and to make it more advanced by the time of launching. The test netbooks offer a wide range of features, which hints the future.
Chrome OS netbook specification:
* 12.1 inch screens
* Full-sized keyboards and touch pads
* Integrated 3G
* Atom processor
* Wi-fi 802.11n
* 8+ hours of active use battery life
"We"re excited to get Chrome notebooks into the hands of users. The data from our test pilots is key to building something wonderful. We look forward to working together to make computers better," Google said in its blog.
Google said that Acer and Samsung will launch netbooks running Chrome OS by 2011 and other manufactures would also offer the new netbooks.