Google is launching a new operating system for the PC which it hopes will release Microsoft’s near monopoly of the market. Google already has been creating competitive software products with Google Docs that offer web-based alternatives to Microsoft’s Word and Excel. Now they will launch Chrome Operating System that will go up against Windows.
Microsoft has upped the stakes in its competition with Google as it unveils a free web-based version of its Office software due next year, and hints of a wildcard in the works — a free streaming music service for UK users to be released by the end of the month. Office 2010 will include very basic versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote when it rolls off the production line early 2010.