Google’s Chrome OS platform sure has come a long way.
From the early days, when Chrome OS was little more than an experimental “browser in a box,” to today — with the platform powering first-class hardware and supporting a diverse range of productivity applications — Google’s once-crazy-seeming project has turned into one of the world’s most intriguing and rapidly expanding technological forces.
I’ve been covering Chrome OS closely since the start. I lived with the first Chromebook prototype, the Cr-48, and have used Chromebooks as part of my own personal computing setup in varying capacities ever since. I write about the field not only as someone who’s studied it professionally from day 1 but also as someone who has used it personally that entire time, up through today.
So whether you’re relatively new to the realm of Chrome OS or are a Chromebook veteran yourself, I’m happy to join you on your journey and act as your guide. On this page, you’ll find all my latest Chrome OS coverage — the original analysis, the tips ‘n’ tricks, and everything in between. I’ll be updating it regularly as new subjects come up, so check back often and stay ahead of the curve with your Chromebook knowledge.
Chrome OS basics
Chromebooks aren’t like regular computers — so are they right for your needs? These three questions will help you (or anyone else you know) find the answer.
Save yourself from buyer’s remorse by thinking through what a Chrome OS device-maker won’t tell you.
Got a new Chromebook? This guide will help you navigate the ever-expanding world of Chromebook apps and figure out how to make the most of Chrome OS.
Chrome OS may be cloud-centric at its core, but you can get plenty accomplished offline on a Chromebook — if you set things up thoughtfully in advance.
Realize it or not, you (and/or your friends and colleagues) have probably heard plenty of hokum about Google’s Chrome OS platform. Time to separate fact from fiction.
Google’s Chrome OS isn’t like other operating systems, and the way it handles upgrades is no exception.
Some fresh perspective on a Chromebook’s capabilities for professionals.
Chrome OS tips and advice
Solve your Chromebook woes and keep yourself productive with these easy-to-implement, expert-approved solutions.
Teach your Chromebook some helpful new tricks and set yourself up for more effective work — and play.
Google Assistant is finally working its way into the fabric of Chrome OS, and it’s bringing with it some interesting new possibilities — as outlined here.
This hidden Chromebook gem is well worth your while to uncover.
Chromebook owners, take note: These are the shortcuts you’ve been missing.
A new feature coming to Chromebooks has tons of productivity potential — but it’s up to you to put it to use.
Turn your Chromebook into a uniquely versatile modern computing machine with these Chrome-OS-enhancing apps.
Linux apps can expand your Chromebook’s capabilities and open up all sorts of interesting options — but first, you have to know where to begin.
Make your Chromebook even more capable with this carefully selected set of Linux apps for expanding Chrome OS’s potential as a business tool.
With a few simple tweaks, your Chromebook can become an even more connected part of your cloud-centric setup.
A handy hack for customizing your Chromebook and bringing native app-like experiences to your favorite sites and services.
Reclaim wasted time and watch your efficiency soar with this spectacularly useful cross-platform add-on.
Ever wish your Chromebook desktop could do more? This crafty hack is just the productivity-boosting upgrade you need.
Chrome OS analysis
Google’s quietly working on two shape-shifting Chrome OS features that could completely change the nature of Chromebooks — for the better.
What a weird and wild twist for the ever-evolving Chromebook saga.
A seemingly small switch gives us a monumental clue about the future of Chrome OS — and maybe beyond.
Google’s Chromebooks are constantly evolving and expanding in reach, but there’s one tremendous opportunity still begging to be seized.
Google is committing to a more sensible approach for Chromebook software support. Huzzah! Now let’s see where this takes us.
The column that was written one month before Google committed to change. As I wrote then: Google’s handling of Chrome OS upgrades has long been an asset for the platform — but now, it’s starting to become a liability.
With Google now offering a way to run Windows software on Chromebooks, things are about to get seriously weird.
An up-close look at Google’s business-aimed plan for making Windows apps available on Chromebooks and what it’s like to rely on in the real world.
Google doesn’t like to talk about it, but there’s one type of Android hardware you shouldn’t be buying — and that’s very much related to the state of Chrome OS.
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