Chrome OS, due to launch next year, will be based on Linux, and is leaner than Windows and some people believe it could radically change the way we use computers. User data will be stored on Google’s servers and synchronise with Chrome OS devices.
This means the user is limited to web applications such as Gmail and Google Docs. Google said that because Chrome OS doesn’t allow the user to install desktop applications, the user is less at risk from malicious software.
Chrome OS allows Google to collect more information on the computing habits of its users, adding to the information it already has about people’s search, email and video usage.
The software will be designed for portable computers such as netbooks; but currently not for desktop PCs or standard laptops.