kraksmoka writes: ""In a direct challenge to Microsoft, Google is expected to announce on Wednesday that it is developing an operating system for a personal computer based on its Chrome browser, according to two people briefed on Google's plans. The details of the technology could not be learned, but Google plans to make the announcement on a company blog on Wednesday afternoon, this person said.... in a recent interview, Marc Andreessen, who developed the first commercial browser and co-founded Netscape, compared Chrome into an operating system, "Chrome is basically a modern operating system," Mr. Andreessen said. Google has also long customized a version of the Linux operating system for use internally." Our desktops may never be the same. . ."