The next version of Chrome OS, dubbed Canary, has reached the stable build stage and includes the ability to run Android apps side-by-side in split screen mode.
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Chrome OS: Chromebook users looking for an alternative to Google's set of editing tools can now turn to Microsoft Office, which is finally available on Chromebooks. The suite of office apps - Word, Powerpoint, Excel and Outlook - has been available on macOS, iOS and Android devices, but Chromebooks have been left out of the picture until recently. Depending on your device, however, it could cost you a few bucks for what most would consider essential features.
Chrome OS: Currently, if you want to add a lock screen to your Chromebook, you either have to use your Google password (which should be long) or pair it with a smartphone. Soon, you may be able to use a PIN instead.
Android apps on Chrome OS are amazing, but so far only one laptop -- the ASUS Chromebook Flip -- has been able to try them out. That list has grown two sizes today, to include the Acer R11 and the Chromebook Pixel.
If you haven't used a Chromebook in a while, they have come a long way. But you don't need to shell out cash for a new laptop just to run Chrome OS. You can install it on nearly any laptop with an application called CloudReady.
Chrome OS isn't quite as bad as it used to be. If you've got an old computer lying around that could use a refresh, CloudReady lets you install Chromium OS (the open-source variant of Chrome OS) on most computers.
No one likes to be told what to do, so why should your Chromebook follow the rules? Well, it'll have to abide but whatever physics dictates, but when it comes to running Android apps, there is a way to convince it (and other operating systems) to play ball, if you're willing to do a little legwork. Well, fingerwork.
Web/Android/iOS/Mac/Chrome: Wunderlist is already one of our favourite to-do apps, and today it just got better. Wunderlist 3 brings speed improvements, real-time syncing across devices, public to-do lists you can share with the web, a Do Not Disturb mode and an updated UI.
Yesterday, Acer launched the C720P Chromebook in Australia -- the first model with an inbuilt touchscreen. Like the recent spate of Windows 8 notebooks, its LED boasts 10-point touch functionality for added "fun and immersion". But is there actually any point to this when using Chrome OS? Apparently, that will largely depend on what developers choose to do with it.
Chromebooks finally hit the Australian market back in March. They're cheap and functional, but they don't quite hit their full potential with Chrome OS. Here's how to install Ubuntu and get more out of your Chromebook.