Google announces Chrome OS; Windows and Mac OS shiver in their boots

Now it's Google's turn to create an operating system. The company announced Chrome OS, "an open source, lightweight operating system that will initially be targeted at netbooks." Expect to see those netbooks running the Google OS in the second half of 2010, and all kinds of PCs running it shortly thereafter.

Like its 9-month-old browser brother Chrome, the Chrome OS will be speedy. It'll be designed to start up in a few seconds and get you to the web in no time flat, and all applications written for it will also run on Windows, Mac, and Linux. And, it's all separate from Android, Google's successful cellphone operating system.

This is going to be big. Really big. Google says we'll hear more about this world-changing project this fall. Meanwhile, get used to apps like Gmail, Google Calendar, and the other Google Apps, because they're only the beginning of a lightweight, instant-on, partially cloud-based, secure computing world.

Via Google Blog and The New York Times