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Google Chrome OS launch date revealed

Google will release its Chrome operating system in the final quarter of 2010 according to one of the project's leaders.

Sundar Pichai told tech hacks at Computex that Chrome would be delivered some time in "late fall" and that the OS would initially be developed to work on luggable PCs.

"We will be selective on how we come to market because we want to deliver a great user experience," he said. "We're thinking on both the hardware and software levels."

It has recently come to light that the search engine giant is moving its own employees away from Microsoft's all-powerful Windows operating system, insisting that new starters choose either Linux or Mac OSX. The eventual aim is, however, for all of the company's 20,000 plus workers to move to the company's own cloud-based systems.

Microsoft has dismissed Google's upstart OS, saying that software developers would have to recode applications from scratch, but Pichai insists that that's not the case.

"Chrome OS is one of the few future operating systems for which there are already millions of applications that work," he said. "You don't need to redesign Gmail for it to work on Chrome. Facebook does not need to write a new app for Chrome."

Google is expecting OEMs like Acer to develop custom versions of the OS using a basic framework supplied by the company. Much of the operating system will be based around a web browser and heavy-duty applications will be hosted on remote servers.