Posted September 1, 2009 9:07 am by with 3 comments

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Sony and Google would like to confirm that, “it’s not what you know, but who you know” is alive and well.

At least, that’s the official basis for Sony agreeing to make Google’s Chrome the default browser in all Vaio notebooks sold in the US.

“Our decision to carry Chrome is based not only on the browser’s quality and functions, but also on our relationship with Google,” a spokesman for the Japanese electronics conglomerate said.

Keep in mind that this is the same Sony that ships its computers with all flavors of Microsoft’s operating system, so what does that tell you about the state of that relationship?

I’ve not seen Sony offer any Windows alternative on any of its notebooks, but perhaps the forthcoming release of Google’s Chrome OS might change all that. Speaking of which, here are the latest screenshots of how Chrome OS will look.

Real or fake?