However, in recent months several new features have appeared that may help Chrome OS overcome at least part of its Web-only limitations. In April, Google announced the Cloud Print project that would give Chrome OS devices wireless printing capability via the Internet, bypassing the need for a library of printer drivers installed on the PC. Before Cloud Print was announced, it was unclear how Chrome OS would interact with peripheral devices like printers.
Then in June, information about a new remote desktop feature called Chromoting for Chrome OS appeared on Google's Chromium OS discussion threads. Chromoting would enable Chrome OS devices to remotely access and use full-featured desktop applications installed on a Windows computer right in the browser. Google has not officially announced Chromoting as part of Chrome OS.
Dell's addition to Google's list of potential partners would bring four of the top five computer manufacturers in the U.S. under the Chrome OS tent, and all of the top five computer makers worldwide.
Dell was the second-largest computer manufacturer in the U.S. behind HP during the first quarter of 2010, according to separate reports from research firms IDC and Gartner Worldwide, Dell came in third behind HP and Acer.
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