Google is working on a new collaborative web- and browser-based application that also runs on mobile devices.
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“The university system of California has a good reputation of getting technology out to be commercialized.” Taylor said he believes cellulosic ethanol can help make America independent of foreign oil. “The U.S. economy will recover, just like every other economy, and when that happens there will be resource competition and it will drive the price (of gas) up. The only resource we can actively control is a bio-based fuel.”
New areas, for example, like netbooks, low-end portable PCs that are increasingly popular with cash-strapped consumers. In a blog post Wednesday, Google executives Sundar Pichai and Linus Upson wrote that the company would first offer the new operating system to consumers on netbooks in the second half of 2010. If all goes well, the new operating system will eventually power full-size desktops.
Microsoft did not respond to a request for a comment about Google’s announcement, but it is keenly aware of both the technology and business challenge it faces as more and more people treat their browsers as the single most important application on their computer. “When is a browser not a browser?” an employee of Microsoft Research wrote in a blog post at the end of last month, describing a new Microsoft Web browser called Gazelle scheduled to be announced in August that is actually an operating system itself. Google beat Microsoft to the punch.