Dell sees a future where it may not be so reliant on Microsoft Windows-based solutions, and are reportedly in talks with Google regarding their upcoming Chrome operating system, according to an article in Reuters.
Amit Midha, Dell's president for Greater China and South Asia is quoted in the article as saying, "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."
Essentially, Chrome OS is an open-source operating system designed to work with web-based applications. Google first announced the Chrome OS on July 7, 2009 as part of their three year strategy to take over the world, and they are now hard at work readying it for a fall release.
This could be a potential problem for Microsoft, as Dell is the world’s third largest manufacturer of pre-built computers. However, for the time being the Redmond, Washington-based giant only sees Chrome and other Linux based operating systems as a threat in the netbook and low-end markets.
As of now, the talks going on between Google and Dell are in the early stages, but if both parties strike an agreement we could see Chrome on select Dell notebooks and desktops in the near future.