Pixelbook hybrid portable Google-tablet has received high praise from critics and users for its functionality and design, but the device suffers from a critical error: it runs Chrome OS, its own operating system. Google, low power. New reports suggest that it may change soon, since Google is supposedly exploring the possibility of obtaining the Pixelbook certification to work with Windows 10.
9to5Google reported that the latest code commits and revisions of Google developers found in the documentation for Chromium OS may suggest The company is working to make Windows 10 dual-boot on the two-in-one device a possibility in the near future, although there are many reasons to be skeptical about it.
Rumors about Google's interest in expanding the functionality of the Pixelbook has been spinning for some time. The idea of compatibility with Windows 10 appeared for the first time earlier this year, when enthusiastic observers first saw the mention of an "AltOS" in Google's documentation. One of the commits mentioned a "selection screen" that would allow users to select which operating system they would like to boot from. Another Windows called directly, further fueling the speculation.
The latest news, collected by XDA Developers of the code commits to a problem related to USB in the so-called AltOS, shows more references to the Microsoft operating system, this time mentioning Windows Hardware Certification Kit (WHCK) and Kit of hardware laboratory (HLK).
The implication of those who speculate on the code is that Google intends to obtain the hardware of the Pixelbook certified by Microsoft to run Windows 10. Obtaining the Windows certificate of Pixelbook would allow the device to be fully compatible with all the controllers signed by Microsoft. Even if Google does not ship the Pixelbook with Windows 10 installed, it would give users a new option that might help justify the price tag on the hybrid device.
Although running Windows 10 and getting access to all its functionality and applications that ChromeOS lacks is exciting, but it also feels like a kind of long shot. The CPU demand for Windows 10 is much higher than that of the Chrome operating system, and Pixelbook's low-power Core i5 Y-processor was chosen specifically for the ultralight operating system. A more resource-intensive operating system such as Windows 10, combined with a lack of followers in Pixelbook, presents some challenges and the potential for overheating. Even if the Windows Pixelbook certification is feasible, it does not make both work well.
Gizmodo contacted Google and Microsoft for more information about the possibility of Windows 10 running on Pixelbook. We will update this publication if we receive a response.