A Dell spokesman today said they are investigating Chrome for future laptops.
Amit Midha, Dell’s president for Greater China and South Asia said:
Midha added that talks were underway between the two companies.
While Midha isn’t committing Dell to anything specific, it is a blow to Microsoft MSFT that negotiations to replace Windows 7 in future netbooks are underway at all. Google doesn’t charge companies to use its ChromeOS. Microsoft, of course, charges a significant licensing fee for Windows.
Dell is the third-largest customer of Windows licenses globally, behind Acer and HP HP , both of whom were also spotted hanging around in development builds of ChromeOS last week. The first ChromeOS computers are slated to start shipping during late fall of this year.
Chrome will only run applications that are built for the web, including those designed for Adobe’s ADBE Flash, though Chrome will have access to some legacy desktop applications through a process called Chromoting.