updated 05:25 pm EST, Fri December 3, 2010
Google Chrome December 7 event official
Google quickly supported rumors of a Chrome OS netbook launch today with an invitation to the press. The search firm is holding a special Chrome-related event in San Francisco on December 7. It provided no special details other than that there would be "exciting news."
While not mentioned, the event is almost certain to focus on Chrome OS, the Chrome Web Store or both. Google has already released Chrome 8 with underlying support for the Web Store when it goes live, which should be the same day.
The rumored Chrome OS PC may only be a secondary focus as it should only be limited to Google employees and their families. More likely to reach the public are both the launch of the Chrome Web Store and a look at a more polished version of Chrome OS itself. Widely available Chrome OS hardware won't show until 2011 due to delays at Google.
The platform was designed with the intent of moving apps to the web and solving some of the issues of cost and performance on netbooks. Devices only need a small amount of storage and can sometimes offload much of the work to the web. It represents deeper competition between Apple and Google, since both will now be competing in desktop operating systems and not just mobile.