12 May '11, 7am

Google unveils its cloud-based computers to rival Microsoft

SAN FRANCISCO - Laptop computers using Google's Chrome operating system will go on sale in June, as the world's number one internet search engine challenges Microsoft and Apple on their home turf. The new Web-centric PCs, made by Samsung and Acer, are Google's latest attempt to change how consumers and companies use their computers. The bare-bones operating system is essentially a web browser that steers users to use applications like email and spreadsheets directly on the web, instead of storing software such as Outlook or Word directly on PCs. Moving day-to-day functions onto the Internet removes the burden of time-consuming tasks associated with traditional PCs, like installing software and updates, backing up files and running antivirus checks, executives said. "The complexity of managing your computer is torturing users," Google co-founder Mr Sergey Brin told reporter...

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