Google Now, coming to a desktop near you via Chrome beta

Summary:The notification system that will tell you when you need to be somewhere is now coming to desktops as well as mobile

The desktop version of Google's intelligent personal assistant, Google Now, is due this week.

Google Now is a virtual assistant that aims to anticipate any information users may need from weather reports to football scores or flight delays.

According to Google, users of the Canary build of the Chrome browser have been able to access a test desktop version of Google Now for some time, but now it will be available for Chrome on Windows and Apple OS X, as well as Chrome OS.

Google Now has been available for Android and iOS for some time.

Reports suggest that the much anticipated version for Linux users will not be part of the announcement.

Issues of compatibility between different notification systems could be one of the issues. 

Google Now notifications in Chrome will just be available in English initially, with other languages supported soon, according to the company's blogpost.

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Colin has been a computer journalist for some 30 years having started in the business the same year that the IBM PC was launched, although the first piece he wrote was about computer audit. He was at one time editor of Computing magazine in London and prior to that held a number of editing jobs, including time spent at the late DEC Compu... Full Bio

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