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Google hints at an OS war

Not content with becoming the biggest player on the internet search engine scene, it seems Google has finally decided to take on Microsoft by launching an operating system for netbooks (those dinky cheap laptops that the likes of Asus specialise in). Or at least those are the hints that we're getting.

They already have an OS for smartphones – Android – and hints from both Google CEO Eric Schmidt and Asus seem to point to the globalmegacorp getting out there and taking on Bill Gates' almost total PC OS monopoly. Simon Hu, who is top boy at Asus' Eee PC division, has already said that they're looking at the possibility of launching an Android netbook by the end of the year, while Schmidt himself said recently:

'Eventually it will make sense for operators and so forth to subsidise the cost of netbooks so they can make services revenue and advertising revenue on the consumption. That's another new avenue coming.'

Now I don't know about you, but that sounds pretty much like it's right up Google's street, given that they have a record of making colossal amounts of money through ads and has an operating system perfectly suited for netbooks already up and running. This should mean some tasty bargains for us consumers in the future, so put your bibs on.

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