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Google offers early peek at Windows challenger

Google Chrome OSGoogle began lifting the veil on its planned Chrome operating system on Thursday, but it said that computers powered by the software would not be available for a year, The New York Times reports.

The new operating system, which is closely tied to Google’s Web browser, also named Chrome, is seen as a potential challenge to Microsoft, whose Windows software powers the vast majority of personal computers.

But with the Chrome operating system, Google is not trying to build a better version of Windows. Instead, it is aiming to shift users toward its vision of “cloud computing”, a model in which programs are not installed on a PC but rather are used over the Internet and accessed through a Web browser. In Google’s approach, a user’s data will also reside on servers across the Internet, rather than on their PC.

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