This New Chromeos Flex Tool for Old Windows
Earlier this year, Google announced ChromeOS Flex, a tool that allows anyone to take an old Windows or Mac laptop and give it a new life by installing Chrome OS. After the launch of ChromeOS Flex in early access, Google now claims that Flex is ready to be “widely scaled” on more Macs and PCs.
The Basics remain the same. You can visit the ChromeOS Flex website to perform a bootable Chrome OS Installation on a USB flash drive to make sure that your system is working properly.
What is new, Google says that it has tested compatibility with more than 400 different devices. This was part of the intention of the Early Access program—it allowed Google to collect a lot of user feedback and fix about 600 bugs identified over the past few months.
While anyone can install ChromeOS Flex, Google positions it mainly as a tool for companies or schools to extend the usefulness of older hardware. To this end, IT departments can actually deploy Flex on their networks instead of updating each computer with a USB stick. Google also notes that Flex devices can be managed with the Chrome Enterprise upgrade, which allows departments to manage applications and policies for an entire fleet Of computers.
All this comes about a year and a half after Google bought Neverware, a company that first came up with the idea of letting users take old computers and turn them into Chromebooks. Now that ChromeOS Flex is widely used at the Neverware CloudReady Software in the coming weeks on Flex moved and standalone CloudReady Product is being discontinued. However, this shouldn’t be a big problem for anyone, because Flex is now stable and offers some features that CloudReady didn’t have, such as Google Assistant support.