Google Blog: New features for Chromebook’s 10th birthday

Google Blog: New features for Chromebook’s 10th birthday. “Today, Chrome OS devices do everything from helping people get things done to entertaining them while they unwind. But we want to do more to provide a powerfully simple computing experience to the millions of people who use Chromebooks. We’re celebrating 10 years of Chromebooks with plenty of new features to bring our vision to life. “

Chrome Unboxed: 3 Hidden Features In Chrome OS 88 You Can Try Right Now

Chrome Unboxed: 3 Hidden Features In Chrome OS 88 You Can Try Right Now. “While there are plenty of shiny new gems to play with, there are some hidden features in Chrome OS 88 that you can enable with very little effort and enjoy and add to your Chromebook toolbox. We’ve covered each of these features at some point as they moved their way up from the Canary channel but now, you can enable each of them in the Stable channel with just the flip of a switch.”

ZDNet: How to switch from Windows 7 to Chrome OS CloudReady

ZDNet: How to switch from Windows 7 to Chrome OS CloudReady. “The main reason to use this as a Windows alternative is its ease of use. It’s also free for individual users who don’t require Google Admin tools. The only difference between the home version and the two business ones is is it doesn’t come with technical support or access to Google Admin Console. Besides giving your Windows 7 PC a new lease on life, you’ll find it will make it peppier. CloudReady is much lighter on system resources than any version of Windows.”

Breaking up is hard to do: Chrome separates from Chrome OS (ZDNet)

ZDNet: Breaking up is hard to do: Chrome separates from Chrome OS. “Ever since day one, people have thought Chromebooks just ran the Chrome browser and that was it. Actually, it was always more complicated than that. Underneath that Chrome browser was a thin Linux distribution, Chrome OS. Now, Kent Duke, a writer and hardcore Chrome OS fan, has found that Google is teasing apart the browser and the operating system into two separate entries.”

Silicon Angle: Google launches new resource for Chrome OS developers

Silicon Angle: Google launches new resource for Chrome OS developers. “Google LLC today published a new resource for developers interested in building apps for the company’s Chrome OS, the operating system that powers its ecosystem of Chromebook computers. In a blog post, Iein Valdez, head of Chrome OS developer relations, said Chromebooks, along with traditional laptops, are seeing a renaissance of sorts thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic that has forced people to spend more time indoors. With so much time on their hands, people are increasingly putting down their mobile phones in favor of larger screens.”

Neowin: Chrome OS 84 begins rolling out with new Overview mode features and more

Neowin: Chrome OS 84 begins rolling out with new Overview mode features and more. “Just a week after releasing Chrome version 84 to the desktop, Google is beginning to roll out Chrome OS 84 that brings with it a few new features. These features include enhancements to the Overview mode for better split-screen usage, improvements to the virtual keyboard, and added capability to the ChromeVox accessibility feature.”

BetaNews: Google teams up with Parallels to allow Chromebooks to run Windows apps

BetaNews: Google teams up with Parallels to allow Chromebooks to run Windows apps. “Initially derided as a limited modern take on netbooks, Chromebooks have gathered loyal followers over the years as app support grows. In addition to web apps, there is also support for Android and Linux apps, but Chromebook owners have long dreamed of the day they can run Windows software. Thanks to a partnership between Google and virtualization specialist Parallels it will not be too long before Windows apps in Chrome OS becomes a reality. The bad news is that there is a slight caveat.”

TechRadar: Google starts ditching Android apps in favor of web apps on Chrome OS

TechRadar: Google starts ditching Android apps in favor of web apps on Chrome OS. “Google has started quietly replacing some Android apps with Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) in the Play Store for Chromebooks. Though PWAs were available in the Play Store before, Chrome Unboxed has spotted that Google has started making them the default on Chrome OS, with Twitter and YouTube TV the first to receive the PWA treatment.”

Neowin: Google details new Chrome OS features including Ambient EQ and Netfilx PIP support

Neowin: Google details new Chrome OS features including Ambient EQ and Netfilx PIP support. “Google typically releases new versions of Chrome OS every 6 weeks, coinciding with the browser release schedule. However, while Chrome 80 for desktop has been available for a while, the wider rollout for Chrome OS has not begun yet. Today, the search giant is detailing a few features that are making its way to Chrome OS with the latest release.”

Neowin: Google might be bringing Valve’s Steam to Chrome OS

Neowin: Google might be bringing Valve’s Steam to Chrome OS. “According to a report from David Ruddock of Android Police, Google is working to bring official Steam support to Chrome OS, something that would make Valve’s PC game market the first of its kind on Google’s platform. Ruddock spoke to Kan Liu, Director of Product Management for Chrome OS, where Liu confirmed the upcoming feature.”

MakeUseOf: 18 Terminal Commands All Chromebook Users Should Know

MakeUseOf: 18 Terminal Commands All Chromebook Users Should Know. “Did you know that Chromebooks have a built-in terminal? Called Chrome OS Developer Shell—or Crosh for short—it lets you access a command line interface which you can use to debug your machine, run tests, or just poke around for fun. Today, we’re going to look at several terminal commands that all Chromebook users should know about for improved productivity and troubleshooting.”

Neowin: Chrome OS 72 includes touchscreen optimizations, PiP mode for the browser

Neowin: Chrome OS 72 includes touchscreen optimizations, PiP mode for the browser. “Chrome OS 72 includes a handful of new features, the most notable of which is a picture-in-picture mode for web pages in the Chrome browser, allowing you to keep watching videos when you switch to a different tab or app. The browser is also getting some optimizations to make it easier to use with touchscreen devices, such as Google’s own Pixel Slate.”