Google launches Chrome-based notebooks
New York: Internet search engine giant Google on Wednesday announced the launch of "Chromebooks", a Chrome operating system-based notebook PC that will be available online from June 15, in a move that could affect the market
share of existing players like Microsoft and Apple.
Chromebooks made by Samsung and Acer will be available online from June 15 in the US, UK, France, Germany, Netherlands, Italy and Spain, Google Inc said, adding that more countries will follow in the coming months.
Chromebooks will be different from traditional notebooks.
In a Chromebook, tasks such as installing software, runninganti-virus checks and data back-up would be handled by the always-on cloud services offered by Google.
Cloud computing services can be broadly defined as virtual servers available over the Internet.
"These are not typical notebooks. With a Chromebook, you won't wait minutes for your computer to boot and browser to start. You'll be reading your email in seconds," Google said.
Applications, games, photos, music, movies and documents will be accessible wherever the user is.