Google Inc. is working on a new operating system for inexpensive computers in a daring attempt to wrest away Microsoft Corp.'s long-running control over people's computing experience, reports the Associated Press. The new operating system, announced July 7 on Google's web site, will be based on the company's nine-month-old web browser, Chrome. Google intends to rely on help from the community of open-source programmers to develop the Chrome operating system, which is expected to begin running computers in the second half of 2010. Google is designing the operating system primarily for "netbooks," a lower-cost, less powerful breed of laptop computers...

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