Dell confirms Chrome OS aspirations

We already had some evidence that Dell was planning a Chrome OS netbook, but a recent statement by company executive Amit Midha sure sounds like confirmation to us. Here's what Midha, President of Dell's Greater China and South Asia businesses, told the fine people at Reuters:

"There are going to be unique innovations coming up in the marketplace in two, three years, with a new form of computing, we want to be on that forefront ... So with Chrome or Android or anything like that we want to be one of the leaders," Midha said, adding that there were no firm announcements to be made but talks were underway.

Midha also noted that Dell "continuously work[s] with Google" to anticipate new industry shifts over the next two to three years.

Dell provided an early hint last year when it released a custom Chrome OS image with Wi-Fi support for the Inspiron Mini 10v. Also, files in the Chromium OS repository suggest that Dell, Acer, and HP all have Chrome OS offerings in the works.

Of course, none of that tells us just how successful Chrome OS will prove with users. After all, we're basically talking about a web browser disguised as an operating system with no support for third-party apps that don't run "in the cloud." Even if Chrome OS does find its way onto systems from the world's three biggest PC vendors, perhaps shoppers will be more comfortable spending more for something with Windows 7.

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