posted by Thom Holwerda on Thu 24th Dec 2009 14:16 UTC
"Google's Chrome OS does not run local applications or store local data. Everything is handled inside the browser. But when the much-hyped operating system debuts on netbooks at the end of next year, you can bet it will execute native code on behalf of online Google applications such as Gmail or Docs and Spreadsheets. In other words, Google apps will tap directly into the netbook's processor in an effort to close the performance gap that separates them from the local software offered by its bete noire, Steve Ballmer's Microsoft. And this being Google, they won't use Java, Flash, or Silverlight."