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Eric Schmidt ‘No Google Chrome OS Netbooks for Christmas’

Google CEO Eric Schmidt said Chrome Operating System has been delayed, and the platform won’t be available to launch on netbooks for at least the “next few months.” Though he didn’t provide a reason for the delay, he certainly shredded the rumor that there would be netbooks based on Google’s Chrome Operating System launching this month.

Schmidt reaffirmed that Chrome OS will support applications running in Google’s Chrome Web browser, which now has more than 70 million users.

Google released Chrome OS to open source one year ago yesterday, claiming that netbooks from partners including Acer, ASUS, Hewlett-Packard, Lenovo and Toshiba would launch by Nov. or Dec’10.

That’s not happening even though as recently as September spokespeople for Google said Chrome OS remained on track. Now a Google spokesperson said the company will provide an update later this year.

“We’re very happy with the progress of Chrome OS, and we’ll have more details to share later this year,” the spokesperson said.

HP declined to discuss future products, and Acer said there’re “no imminent plans to launch Chrome OS netbooks in the U.S. at this time.” Dell said it had no updates.


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