This is the VOA Special English Economics Report.
the Internet search leader, will now offer a free operating system for personal
computers. The company hopes to loosen Microsoft's hold on the market. Microsoft
Windows is on more than ninety percent of PCs.
Google is basing the new product on its Chrome Web
browser and the Linux open-source operating system. The Google Chrome OS is
expected to be available in the second half of next year.
first, it will be aimed at netbooks. These are smaller, simpler machines
designed mainly for Internet use.
chief executive, Eric Schmidt, says Chrome will pay for itself. It will do
that, he says, by reducing the cost of computers and increasing the number of
people who search the Internet. Google earns most of its money from sales of
advertising on its search engine.
the recession has hurt the advertising market. And now Microsoft has targeted
Google's main business. Microsoft says its new Bing search engine offers a
better way to search the Internet. Ads for it make fun of how Web searches
often give people a lot of useless results.
COMMERCIAL: "Find a cure at bing.com. It's not
just a search engine. It's the first-ever decision engine. From
traffic report last Friday from StatCounter said Bing twice passed Yahoo in usage
in the United States in its first few weeks. Yahoo is the second biggest search
no one has the answer to how much market share Bing will claim from Yahoo or
Google in the long term. Microsoft, in its struggle against Google, tried unsuccessfully
last year to buy Yahoo for more than forty billion dollars.
Google and Microsoft are
also competing in business software. Google offers Google Docs. These
applications are free and on the Web. They compete with Microsoft Office, a hugely
popular product. Next year, Microsoft plans a new version of Office that is
both Web-based and free.
plans to launch its seventh version of Windows this October. And the company is
preparing to open its own stores, like its competitor Apple. In fact, some Microsoft
stores could open right next to Apple stores in the coming months.
recession has cut sales of PCs and software. But there may be hopeful signs for
the industry. Intel is the leading maker of computer processors. This week Intel
reported that its results for the past three months were better than expected. And
it predicted more good news in the current quarter.
that's the VOA Special English Economics Report, written by Mario Ritter. Transcripts
and MP3s are at voaspecialenglish.com. I'm Steve Ember.