image As if developers lack enough operating systems to deal with, Google is introducing the Chrome OS for desktops.

But apparently there’s a helpful twist—the ability of the related apps to run even on browsers using other operating systems. So could this indeed give developers larger user bases and minimal needs for ports? Hmm, stay tuned to see if Google can pull it off.

Image is of the existing Chrome browser. Meanwhile here’s an excerpt from the Google Blog, discussing the Chrome OS.

Google Chrome OS is an open source, lightweight operating system that will initially be targeted at netbooks. Later this year we will open-source its code, and netbooks running Google Chrome OS will be available for consumers in the second half of 2010. Because we’re already talking to partners about the project, and we’ll soon be working with the open source community, we wanted to share our vision now so everyone understands what we are trying to achieve…

Google Chrome OS will run on both x86 as well as ARM chips and we are working with multiple OEMs to bring a number of netbooks to market next year. The software architecture is simple — Google Chrome running within a new windowing system on top of a Linux kernel. For application developers, the web is the platform. All web-based applications will automatically work and new applications can be written using your favorite web technologies. And of course, these apps will run not only on Google Chrome OS, but on any standards-based browser on Windows, Mac and Linux thereby giving developers the largest user base of any platform.