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Video: Google Offers Overview of Chrome OS

“What if your browser was your operating system?”

That’s the question Google is hoping to answer with Chrome OS, the open source operating system centered entirely around its Chrome browser. All your apps — e-mail, communications, docs, photo management — are delivered through the web browser, which sits on a lightweight Linux-powered desktop.

The company debuted Chrome OS Thursday morning during a press event at its headquarters in Mountain View, California. Wired.com’s Dylan Tweney was there to bring us all the details, and you can expect a post from him Thursday morning [Update: Dylan's post is up on Gadget Lab].

In the meantime, Google has posted a video (below) making an argument for why you’d want an operating system that funnels all of your productivity tasks through a browser: “It just gives you the internet, which is all most of us use our computers for now, anyways.”

And here’s a demonstration of the user interface. It’s striking — the browser is all there is to it.

Read the overview on the Google Blog. Also, be sure to check out some of the initial design specs, including the OS’s ability to auto-update silently and daily.

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