Google Chrome OS: Does the World Need Another Operating System?

When Google first launched its Chrome Web browser, many of us immediately saw Chrome as Google's extension of an operating system. Now, that prophecy is fulfilled with news of Google's plans to open-source the Chrome OS code later this year with view to have it available in the second half of 2010. But immediately, this raises fundamental questions about what, exactly, defines an operating system, and what will distinguish Android, the open-source mobile OS spearheaded by Google, from Chrome OS.

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