Google has unveiled Chrome OS Flex, which turns old computers into Chromebooks

2022-06-05 0 By

Google announced a new version of Chrome OS, called Chrome OS Flex, which is designed for businesses and schools to run on older PCS and Macs that may not be able to run the latest version of its pre-installed operating system.According to Google’s blog post, the operating system can be installed “in minutes.”Chrome OS Flex looks the same as Chrome OS on Chromebooks, is built from the same code base and follows the same “release rhythm,” Google said.But Google cautions that some features may depend on the hardware of the computer being used.A Google representative said the company has no current plans to add the Google Play Store and Android apps to Chrome OS Flex because it is “more focused on the core experience of the operating system first and foremost.”However, Google will continue to evaluate.Google recently bought Neverware, which sold an app called CloudReady that allowed users to convert old computers into Chromebooks running Chrome OS.Google noted that since the acquisition, “we have been working hard to integrate the best of CloudReady into the new version of Chrome OS”.Google also specified how Chrome OS Flex differs from CloudReady.Chrome OS Flex will add Google Assistant, Chrome browser and nearby sharing.Chrome OS Flex also adds a Linux development environment for compatible hardware for educational and enterprise customers.If you want to try Chrome OS Flex for yourself, you can learn more at the Chrome Enterprise website, IT Home has learned.Note that the operating system is still in early access mode, so you may experience some errors and the system can boot directly from a USB drive.Chrome OS Flex is already being tested with “Googlers and other big customers,” according to a blog post published today by Thomas Riedl, Google’s director of products, enterprise and education.A stable version of the operating system will be available “in the next few months,” the blog said.