Dell courts Google over Chrome OS

Dell has been joined at the hip to software monopoly Microsoft for so long now that the two seemed inseparable.

But all of that might be changing in the near future with the revelation that high-ranking Dell execs have been seen out schmoozing with top brass from world-conquering web search outfit and soon-to-be global superpower Google.

Reuters is reporting that Dell's man in China, Amit Midha, has admitted to the tryst, saying that Microsoft wasn't the only act in town and that all eyes are on Google's forthcoming cloud-based operating system Chrome OS. "We have to have a point of view on the industry and technology direction two years, three years down the road, so we continuously work with Google on this," he said.

Dell is also keeping a close eye on the smartphone market, having dipped its toes into those turbulent waters late last year with the release of the Mini 3 in China.

And the US computing giant could be looking towards Google rather than Microsoft's recently-announced Windows 7 Mobile if it is to turn its initial experiment into a broader business.

"There are going to be unique innovations coming up in the marketplace in two, three years, with a new form of computing, we want to be on that forefront. So with Chrome or Android or anything like that we want to be one of the leaders," Midha told Reuters.

Google's Chrome OS is expected to launch towards the end of 2010.