By Margaret Lyons
Updated July 08, 2009 at 09:42 PM EDT

Chrome sweet chrome?* That’s what Google is hoping. The company announced that they’ll release a new OS come 2010: The Chrome browser is getting beefed up into a full-fledged operating system. Somewhere, someone at Microsoft is curled in the fetal position, gently sobbing.

According to Google’s release, the Chrome OS will be “open source, lightweight operating system that will initially be targeted at netbooks.” Fancy!

The major difference between the Chrome OS and the current OS you’re probably using is that Chrome will be more Web-oriented, rather than desktop oriented.I’m excited to see Chrome’s development because in the last few years, like a lot of peeps, I too have shifted to be more Web-oriented. I type stories in Google Docs, not Word. I edit photos using Picnik, not Photoshop. I play Web-based games, not downloaded ones, and I listen to more music via websites than I do in iTunes. In other words, there are a lot of ways I’m using a browser as a sort of OS already; if there’s an OS designed for that, so much the better. Minus a crystal ball, we can’t know exactly what Chrome will be like, but so far I’ve been almost stupidly satisfied with the ways Google has taken over my life so far — would you ever go back to non-Gmail e-mail? I wouldn’t. If Chrome can capture a shred of that, it will instantly become my browser of choice.

What about you, PopWatchers? Will you be saying hasta la Vista and heading to Chrome?

* If there had been a way to get “Chrome on the range,” “there’s no place like Chrome,” “Chrome decorating,” “Chrome alone,” “Chrome sick,” “hold the Chrome,” or “Chromoerotic” into this post, I would have. Oh, well.