A new report suggests that Google might be looking at a way to officially run Windows 10 on its Pixelbook laptop. While the device currently runs on the company’s own ChromeOS, the developer team for the platform is said to be exploring a dual-boot option where the laptop can also run Windows 10. This has been attempted before, but the current moves seem to be a more mainstream play that would work officially for all owners of the device.
The Google Pixelbook was launched in October 2017 and is a premium device with high-end hardware. The laptop comes with the option of either an Intel Core i5 or Core i7 processor, along with up to 16GB of RAM and up to 512GB of SSD storage, along with a touch-screen display.
The device runs on Chrome OS, which is Google’s own operating system for computers. Chrome OS is geared for cloud-based computing and primarily runs web-based applications, needing constant and reliable internet connectivity to work best. While Chrome OS works well for certain functions, it isn’t considered as powerful as Mac OS or Windows 10, which are preferred for mainstream computing.
Giving users of the Pixelbook the option to boot into Windows 10 would greatly improve the scope of the device, which has the hardware capability to handle the platform. Evidence of the plan to have Windows 10 on the Pixelbook is found in Chrome OS documentation discovered by XDA Developers, which mentions ‘AltOS’, along with mentions of Windows Hardware Certification Kit and Windows Hardware Lab Kit. This could point to the idea that the Pixelbook will be able to run Windows 10.
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The Google Pixelbook is not available officially in India, which isn’t surprising considering its high price and dependence on a good internet connection. However, the addition of Windows 10 could add significant offline usage capabilities to the device, and make it a powerful competitor to the MacBook range, as well as various Windows 10 devices by manufacturers such as Dell, HP, Lenovo and others.