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The top 5 Google Chrome OS myths exposed

We set you straight on the web-based netbook OS

Google's Chrome OS has been surrounded in misconceptions and misinformation. Here we've rounded up the top five Chrome myths, and explain the truth behind them.

5. It's not coming soon

If you still can't wait to try out the Chrome OS, you're in for another disappointment.

Although Google is making the code available now, actual retail products based on the new OS aren't expected to appear until late 2010.

"Our target time is end of next year. We want to be there for the holiday season," says Pichai.

That's far enough away that Pichai declined to speculate on what Chrome OS devices might eventually cost when they do ship.

Furthermore, he said, Google had given its hardware partners no target price range to shoot for. Given their limited hardware, Chrome OS devices are expected to cost considerably less than today's netbooks - but it's just too early to tell.

See also: Google Chrome OS review

While you wait, for the best approximation of what life will be like running Chrome OS, you can download Google's Chrome browser for Windows or Linux (and, soon, Mac OS X).

"Everything that comes in Chrome will be available in Chrome OS," says Chrome OS director of engineering Mike Papakipos - and that includes not just Chrome's fast HTML and JavaScript engines, but Flash and Google's Native Client technology as well.

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See also: In pictures: Google Chrome OS revealed

  1. We set your straight on the web-based netbook OS
  2. It's not a Windows killer
  3. It's not coming soon

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