Google will on Wednesday announce plans for a personal computer operating system, the New York Times reported, in what will be another clash between the Internet search king and software giant Microsoft.
Details on the system were unavailable, other than it would be based on Google’s Chrome browser.
The Mountain View, California company was set to make the announcement on its blog later on Wednesday, the Times said, citing sources briefed on the plans.
Chrome was launched in September but has failed to enjoy the spectacular success of Google’s search engine.
The company floated its first US television advertisements in recent months for the browser, which has captured just a tiny share of a market dominated by Microsoft’s Internet Explorer.
Microsoft’s new search engine Bing was launched in a bid to hit back at Google’s gains in the search market, but still lags behind its rival.