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Google appears to be working on Windows 10 certification for its Pixelbook

14 June, 2018, 12:43 | Author: Rafael Roberts
  • Enlarge  The 12.3-inch QHD display has large bezels around it for better grip in tablet

As per a 9to5Google report, latest code commits and reviews from Google's developers discovered in Chromium OS documentation suggests that the tech giant may be working on making dual-booting Windows 10 on the Pixelbook a possibility.

ChromeOS now has commits referencing WHCK (Windows Hardware Certification Kit) and HLK (Hardware Lab Kit), which are likely pushes for Microsoft's certification of the device to run Windows 10.

All of this stems from Google's work on a mysterious AltOS for Pixelbook, which started earlier this year.

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. Would you swap Chrome OS for Microsoft's ecosystem?


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. We previously reported that the developers were working on booting into Windows 10, but the references to HLK and certification is proof that this isn't just a side project or hack job.

While the WHCK is self-explanatory, Microsoft uses the HLK as part of its Hardware Compatibility Program that certifies hardware can ship with Windows. That would imply that this isn't just some internal project to get Windows 10 running relatively smoothly on the Pixelbook hardware. Being able to boot into windows on a quality Chrome OS device like Google's own Pixel would be a boon to those who still need native apps that don't yet run on the web.

Whether Google will actually go the whole hog and release this Windows-compatible software remains to be seen, of course.

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