It seems that Google might be setting the stage for its Pixelbook laptop to run on Windows 10 natively. Now, it is a known fact that this top-end Chromebook runs on Chrome OS, but the native support for Microsoft’s Operating System could be definitely the next one in line, at least going by the recent code that leads to the pertaining to the Pixelbook, as speculated by the XDA Developers.
Again, the interesting part remains here that there is mention of testing with the Windows Hardware Certification Kit and Windows Hardware Lab Kit. These would seem to indicate that Google is readying the laptop to be officially certified and approved by Microsoft to run Windows 10.
All of this is again backed up by a story which has emerged a couple of months back, with speculation that Google is working on an AltOS mode for the Pixelbook. This could also allow for a second OS to be installed on the Chromebook.
Again, that nugget was uncovered in development code for the laptop. Also, all these points lead to the possibility of allowing folks to dual-boot Windows 10 alongside Chrome OS on the Pixelbook, thus, potentially adding to the appeal of the machine in a major way, and thus stating of far more flexibility in terms of the software the device can run.
However, things are not yet confirmed and whatever is happening behind the scenes could be derailed before Windows 10 support actually makes it to production hardware.
Still, it certainly seems like it’s mainly Google’s intention to make Chromebooks more versatile machines, with the announcement of support for Linux apps last month, and of course that comes on top of being able to run Android apps on many of these devices.
Google’s seemingly open to new things while talking of other operating systems and contrasts with some of the accusations hurled at Microsoft in the past, concerning Windows 10 laptops being locked down to the OS in some manner.