There were previous reports that suggested Google might allow users to run Windows on their ChromeOS PCs such as the Pixelbook. Well, many recent reports are confirming this possibility will actually become a reality.
Pixelbook tested against the WHCK and HLK
Insiders from Chromium codebase have just confirmed the fact that Google is currently testing its Pixelbook device against the Windows Hardware Certification Kit (WHCK) and Windows Hardware Lan Kit (HLK).
Support for both kits hints at the fact the Google may be seriously considering adding Windows support for its devices. The tech giant may indeed be planning to make sure that the Pixelbook could be able to fully support Microsoft’s operating system.
“The HLK is used as part of Microsoft’s Hardware Compatibility Program to certify hardware can ship with Windows. Gaining certification for hardware means a guaranteed level of experience, including signed, working drivers,” notes the XDA Developers post.
“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,” the report continues to explain.
Google’s move may attract more power users
For the moment, ChromeOS is supporting Chrome apps, Android and Linux apps as well. If Google is seriously considering to expand the compatibility to reach Windows as well, the tech giant may in fact be hinting at making its Pixelbook device more interesting for power users and developers who would want to try out Google’s device but at the same time enjoy Windows.
XDA Developers report suggests that Google seems willing to “sit around the campfire” with Redmond in order to get more hardware customers. It’s true that booting into Windows 10 would definitely add a massive new addition to the developer tools that are currently available on the Google Pixelbook. We’re dying to see when and how Google plans to announcer this mix between their hardware and Microsoft’s software. They might just turn out to be a match made in heaven.
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