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Ballmer on Chrome OS

‘It’s highly interesting that it won’t happen for a year and a half and they already announced an operating system’

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer publicly reacted to Google's Chrome OS playing to an audience at the company's Worldwide Partner Conference the other day.

"Who knows what that thing is," he said.

"To me, it's highly interesting that it won't happen for a year and a half and they already announced an operating system. I don't know if they can't make up their mind or what the problem is over there, but the last time I checked you don't need two client operating systems. We tried it before with Windows 95 and Windows NT and found it's better to have one. So I don't really know what's up with Google."

Chrome OS is supposed to be some kind of instant gratification operating system that boots immediately to the Internet.

"There's good data," Ballmer said, "that says 50% of the time that someone's on their PC, they're not doing something with the web browser."

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