We’re having a very slow newsday today, since basically everyone and their cow is compulsively pushing out articles on
a product that doesn’t even exist beyond an announcement Google’s Chrome OS, with none of them being particularly interesting. What is interesting is the news that Intel has been aware of Chrome OS for a while now – in fact, Intel is working with Google on this new operating system.
A spokeperson for Intel-Pacific had already said Intel was working with Google, and El Reg got it confirmed straight from Intel’s headquarters in California. “We’ve been privy to the project for some time and work with Google on a variety of projects, including elements of this one,” Intel said, “We welcome Google’s move here.”
It seems like Intel has really come a long way since the days of the whole “Wintel” thing. Not only did they welcome Mac OS X on their chips, they’re now also working on various incarnations of Linux; the company’s own Moblin effort and now Google’s Chrome OS. In addition, rumours are popping up that Intel is also working with Google on bringing Android to their MIDs. The company didn’t want to comment on that.
Apart from Intel, Google’s got some serious companies backing the Chrome OS effort: Acer, Adobe, ASUS, Freescale, Hewlett-Packard, Lenovo, Qualcomm, Texas Instruments, and Toshiba, among others. Let’s hope Google’s Chrome OS efforts bring more diversity and competition to the marketplace.