Dell confirmed in an interview Monday that the company is currently in talks with Google about using the upcoming Chrome OS on its laptops.
The news comes after Dell put the smack-down on Microsoft last week, promoting its Ubuntu Linux-based products as more secure than those using Windows 7. Now Dell is seeking to use another alternative, turning to Google's upcoming Linux-based OS scheduled for release later this year.
Details on the deal weren't all that forthcoming, however there was indication that devices are currently in development, and that the relationship would last between two and three years.
"There are going to be unique innovations coming up in the marketplace in two, three years, with a new form of computing, we want to be on that forefront," said Amit Midha, Dell's president for Greater China and South Asia. "So with Chrome or Android or anything like that we want to be one of the leaders."
Earlier reports indicate that Dell development was previously confirmed by reference within the Chrome OS code itself. HP and Acer were also listed, indicating that these three manufacturers could have Chrome-installed devices ready for consumers by the end of the year.