Acer denies imminent Chrome OS netbook launch


— 6:00 AM on May 18, 2010

We may not see a Chrome OS-powered Acer netbook at Computex next month, after all. Shooting down recent whispers from the rumor mill, Engadget reports that Acer has put out a statement officially denying any plans of the sort.

Acer doesn't leave much to the imagination, saying bluntly that it "has no short-term plans for such a product." However, the firm goes on to say Chrome OS is "without doubt an exciting product announcement," and that Acer will "of course be following the development and progress of Google Chrome and the evolution of Google's overall product strategy very closely." Translation: not yet, but soon.

As we noted earlier this week, Google's timetable calls for the release of the first Chrome OS-powered netbooks some time in the second half of this year. Last summer, the search giant said it was already collaborating with "multiple" PC vendors on upcoming systems. Perhaps if Acer doesn't have a Chrome OS netbook out at Computex, other companies might.

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