Google: No plans for desktop operating system

With mobile platform Android, the search giant is getting closer to being an operating-system maker. But the company says it has no plans for a desktop OS.

Marissa Mayer, Google's vice president of search products and user experience
Marissa Mayer, Google's vice president of search products and user experience Dan Farber/CNET Networks

Update: I listened again and got the actual quotation.

Google has never expressed much enthusiasm for getting into the desktop operating system, but some might wonder if the company has updated its thinking, now that it's trying to spearhead the Android project to bring an operating system to mobile phones.

The answer: Nope.

"We don't have any plans to build an operating system," Marissa Mayer, vice president of search products and user experience, said on Wednesday during in an call-in show, KQED's Forum with Michael Krasny.

The comment came in response to a caller who praised Google's open-source work and asked if it planned anything like Red Hat's Linux operating system for desktop computers that would compete directly with Microsoft Windows.

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