VentureBeat is reporting that “Acer will launch Chrome OS devices at the Computex Taipei show, which will be held from June 1 to June 5.” That’s according to “multiple sources,” though it’s not to say that the “launch” will mean that the devices will be available for purchase in June. I have a feeling Acer won’t be the only one showing off Chrome OS machines at the show.
Chrome OS, you’ll recall, is Google’s upcoming browser-based operating system for netbooks and smartbooks. It’s been widely reported that consumer devices running Chrome OS wouldn’t make it into consumers’ hands until the 2010 holiday season, but if Acer’s somehow able to start shipping portable computers running the operating system sooner than that, it’ll give the company a decent head start.
That’s assuming consumers take to Chrome OS, of course. There’s been some fence-sitting about whether having all your data stored online and no ability to install and run programs directly from Chrome OS machines will be acceptable to potential customers. However if the computers are priced low enough, say $200 or less, and pitched as portable web browsing appliances, your average Facebook-loving, e-mail-checking consumers might not mind.
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