04 August 2022
Google's Chrome OS has proved to be a good option for students and businesses looking for an OS that can run modern apps without asking for the latest hardware. The only drawback is that one needs to purchase a Chromebook and if we talk about installing it on other machines, the process is not exactly simple. This is exactly what Google is hoping to change with its newest OS offering.
Chrome OS Flex is a cloud-first Chrome OS version that can be installed on any PC or Mac, even older ones. It is powered by CloudReady and is specifically aimed at students and businesses. The best part is that it is free to download and can be installed within a few minutes. It is up to the user whether he wants to install it directly on the machine or first give it a try through a bootable USB flash drive.
Google says Chrome OS Flex will give users the same user experience as Chrome OS. It will offer faster boot-up times, quick access to web apps, and background updates. It will get regular security updates for different kinds of threats including viruses, phishing, and ransomware. It will have security features like Google Safe Browsing, Sandboxing, and support for remote wipe.
It is important to note that the new operating system is currently available in the early access stage. It means even though you can start using it right away, it is yet to reach the stable build stage. This could result in some bugs and performance issues which is why we would not suggest installing it on your primary device yet.
The official blog post says,
"Chrome OS Flex has the same code base and release cadence as Chrome OS which ensures a consistent end-user and IT experience. Chrome OS Flex delivers the official Chrome Browser, Google Assistant, and cross-device features in the same user interface as Chrome OS. And with Chrome Enterprise or Education Upgrade, IT can manage Chrome OS Flex devices and Chrome OS devices like Chromebooks side by side in the Google Admin console."