Google launched the cloud-based ChromeOS Flex back in February 2022. Now, the company is bringing the operating system out of its beta phase and making it available to the general public. As such, ChromeOS Flex is receiving a number of improvements, including added device compatibility and security updates.
For those who don’t know, ChromeOS Flex is a version of ChromeOS that can run on a wide range of computers, including the best Windows laptops and the best MacBooks. Since ChromeOS Flex is cloud-based, it can run on older machines that may not be able to update to the latest version of Windows or macOS. As such, you can effectively resurrect old computers thanks to this operating system.
The newly-launched public version promises better security features to safeguard against ransomware, malware and errors. The operating system can be deployed via USB or through your company’s network. To encourage businesses to adopt this cloud-based OS, Google advertises that ChromeOS Flex won’t slow down over time and that background updates reduce device downtime to improve productivity.
ChromeOS Flex is certified to run on over 400 devices, according to Google. Presently, the operating system only supports Intel and AMD CPUs. ARM-based machines like the Microsoft Surface Pro X and Apple computers packing Apple M1 or Apple M2 chips aren’t supported. However, if you have an old Intel-powered MacBook Pro (for example) then you should be able to run Google’s operating system on it.
ChromeOS Flex seems like a solid way for people and businesses to get work done on older computers and laptops. And considering the current state of the world economy, some people or companies may not be able to afford new devices. To that end, ChromeOS Flex could be useful to a great number of people and organizations.
Though ChromeOS Flex isn’t exactly like ChromeOS (it lacks native support for Android apps, for example), Chrome users should be able to acclimate to it without too much fuss. Since the operating system is cloud-based, it could feel like working on one of the best Chromebooks for those using ChromeOS Flex on a laptop.
You can try ChromeOS Flex by following this link (opens in new tab) and before you go converting your laptop to a Chromebook, here's everything you need to know about ChromeOS Flex first.
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