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Google aims to introduce ChromeOS to slower Windows and Mac computers

ChromeOS Flex feels and functions identically to the original ChromeOS that ships with Chromebooks

Google aims to introduce ChromeOS to slower Windows and Mac computers

Google's Chromebooks have swiftly gained a loyal following, and ChromeOS is now the preferred operating system for a particular group of laptop users, primarily students. With this in mind, Google has released ChromeOS Flex, a new version of ChromeOS designed to modernise older machines. What this implies is that ChromeOS Flex will support Windows PCs and Macs, giving older, slowed-down devices a fresh lease of life, as they are commonly found in schools and colleges.

ChromeOS Flex, according to Google, is a long-term solution for updating ageing PCs. That makes sense because ageing computers slow down and lag after years of use, and ChromeOS, because it is lightweight, can function on these machines and is powerful enough for fundamental tasks like accessing the internet, creating projects, and conducting school and college-related tasks. And it's for this reason that ChromeOS Flex was created with schools and companies in mind.

Google's free operating system is cloud-based, so your work is always saved to your account regardless of whatever machine you're using. However, Google told The Verge that Google Assistant and Android phone synchronisation are two features that may not operate in early access mode. ChromeOS Flex, according to Google, "boots up in seconds and does not slow down over time," just like the original software. That's a covert dig at Windows and macOS, both of which are notorious for slowing down on older PCs.

Google adopted the same code base and release cycle on ChromeOS Flex as it did on the original ChromeOS to keep the user experience constant and harmonious. That's why Chromebooks will have the same style and UI as Chrome OS, including the Chrome browser and Google Assistant. The Google Admin Console will allow your school's, college's, or company's IT department to manage ChromeOS Flex devices and Chromebooks side-by-side, according to Google.

ChromeOS Flex, according to Google, can be installed in minutes using either a USB device or a network deployment. If you can't keep your excitement in check, you can download ChromeOS Flex from the website and install it on a USB stick to use on a Windows device or a MacBook without having to install it. However, Google recommends that you replace your device's native software with ChromeOS Flex for the optimal experience.

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