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Google Is Already Working With PC Makers on New Chrome OS

Google plans to announce within the next day or so the names of PC makers in Taiwan and China that have already signed on to work with its new Chrome operating system, a spokeswoman said Wednesday.

The list will be similar in style to that made for Google's Android mobile operating system, on the Open Handset Alliance Web site.

The new Chrome OS will compete against Microsoft Windows in netbooks, laptop computers and desktops. Google is developing the Linux-based operating system for heavy Internet users, and it will begin appearing in netbooks in the second half of 2010, the company said in a blog posting.

Chrome's user interface will be demonstrated by the end of this year, said Caroline Hsu, a spokeswoman for Google in Taipei.

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