This week Google announced a big new product: Chrome OS, an operating system designed for Netbook computers. Named after Google Chrome Web browser, the new OS will extend the browser to take over the computer system. Utilizing Linux at its core, Chrome OS is designed for users that predominantly work with Web-based services and applications. Intel has had its hand in the design of the new operating system which is due out in the second half of 2010. Analysts are predicting that the new OS will challenge Microsoft Windows in the mobile computing market. Most of the major Netbook manufacturers are planning to offer Chrome OS devices including Acer, Asus, HP, Lenovo, and Toshiba. The announcement changes the plans of some PC vendors who have been working on adapting Google’s Smartphone OS Android for use in netbooks.