Google’s Pixelbook could soon run Windows 10

Doris Richards
June 14, 2018

Now there's nothing inherently wrong with Chromebooks or Chrome OS in general, but admittedly platforms like Windows or macOS tend to be more "full" operating systems.

Google's Pixelbook is some attractive, well-built hardware, but its use of Chrome OS means that for many people, it will be too limited to be useful.

This kind of setup is ideal because ChromeOS is easy on the battery and can be used most of the time, while Windows 10 could be used only when necessary.

Based on commits found in the Chromium codebases, it looks like Google is testing the Pixelbook against the Windows Hardware Certification Kit (WHCK) and Hardware Lab Kit (HLK).

Before we get too carried away here, remember that whatever is happening behind the scenes could be derailed before Windows 10 support actually makes it to production hardware.

Google Pixelbook, the company's laptop-tablet hybrid, has been a popular device primarily because of its design and functionality, but it is arguably limited thanks to running Chrome OS. Gaining certification for hardware means a guaranteed level of experience, including signed, working drivers. Earlier this year, changes made to the Pixelbook's firmware indicated that Google is working on a mode called AltOS that would allow switching between Chrome OS and an "alternative OS", in some kind of dual-boot configuration. It's well within reason that Google could withhold the project from public release. The ability to dual-boot into Microsoft's OS would essentially give a Chromebook all the flexibility of your average Windows laptop - though you'd still have to buy a Windows license.

There's no shortage of premium flagship Windows 10 2-in-1 devices these days, and consumers can easily go out and buy one from many different manufacturers.

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