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Google plans to launch an operating system to rival Microsoft Windows

<div>GOOGLE yesterday revealed plans to attack Microsoft&rsquo;s core business by taking on the software giant&rsquo;s market-leading Windows operating system.<br /><br />The Californian internet firm announced the plans just nine months after launching internet browser Chrome, a product which also pitched its tents onMicrosoft&rsquo;s turf by competing with Internet Explorer.<br /><br />Google said the operating system would initially be targeted at unspohisticated, cheap and ultra-portable laptops known as netbooks. Makers of these machines often avoid Microsoft Windows because it is power-hungry and costly.<br /><br />Microsoft shares fell 1.4 per cent to $22.22 in early Nasdaq trading on the news while Google shares rose 1.2 percent to $401.36.<br /><br />Called the Google Chrome Operating System, the new software will be in netbooks in the second half of 2010, Google said in a blog post, adding that it was working with multiple manufacturers.<br /><br />&ldquo;It&rsquo;s been part of their culture to go after and remove Microsoft as a major holder of technology, and this is part of their strategy to do it,&rdquo; said Rob Enderle, principal analyst at Enderle Group.<br /><br />&ldquo;This could be very disruptive. If they can execute, Microsoft is vulnerable to an attack like this, and they know it,&rdquo; he added.</div>