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 that is becoming increasingly popular among budget-conscious consumers. The operating system represents Google’s boldest challenge yet to its biggest nemesis, Microsoft. A high-stakes duel between the two technology powerhouses has been steadily escalating in recent years, as Google’s dominance of the internet’s lucrative search market has given it the means to threaten Microsoft in ways that few other companies can…

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