Google, Samsung unveils Chromebook at $249.

Samsung Google ChromebookSan Francisco: On Thursday, Google and Samsung are introducing a lightweight laptop computer with a price related to smaller tablet computers.

The latest computer will sell for $249 and run on an operating system revolving around Google’s Chrome Web browser.

Like other so-called Chromebooks, this laptop doesn’t have a hard drive. It functions like a terminal dependent on an Internet connection to get to information and applications stored in bulky data centres run by Google Inc or other technology providers.

The low-priced laptop represents Google’s newest challenge to the Windows operating system used in most personal computers. It goes on sale early next week, just days before Microsoft Corp releases Windows 8, a dramatic makeover of its operating system.

In fact, Google emerges to be trying to beat Microsoft and Apple to the hit with the discount Chromebook.

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