updated 08:30 am EDT, Fri July 10, 2009
Google CEO Talks to Apple
Google chief Eric Schmidt last evening said he would talk to Apple to determine whether or not he should recuse himself from the Mac maker's board of directors following the unveiling of Chrome OS. The executive told those at Allen & Co's technology conference that there is currently "no issue" with his remaining on the board but that he will ask Apple if it sees a conflict of interest to have another desktop operating system developer involved in its decisions. Apple itself hasn't commented on any possible change in relationship.
"There's a very large collaboration with respect to Chrome and Safari," he said.
He also acknowledged that he along with other board members had been kept "extremely well-informed" during Apple chief Steve Jobs' just-ended medical leave, though he declined to provide further details.
Moving to Chrome OS itself, Schmidt added that he believes there may be announcements from partners building hardware for the platform later this year. Acer, HP and Lenovo have so far said they plan to have PCs, primarily netbooks, shipping with Chrome OS in the second half of 2010. Chrome OS is primarily intended for these low-end PCs and won't directly compete against Apple's current high-end computer lineup, but Google has also expressed a belief that desktops and other full-size systems may use its Linux-based OS as well.