Google's Chrome OS platform sure has come a long way.
From the early days, when Chrome OS was little more than an experimental "browser in a box," to today — with the platform powering first-class hardware and supporting a diverse range of productivity applications — Google's once-crazy-seeming project has turned into one of the world's most intriguing and rapidly expanding technological forces.
I've been covering Chrome OS closely since the start. I lived with the first Chromebook prototype, the Cr-48, and have used Chromebooks as part of my own personal computing setup in varying capacities ever since. I write about the field not only as someone who's studied it professionally from day 1 but also as someone who has used it personally that entire time, up through today.
So whether you're relatively new to the realm of Chrome OS or are a Chromebook veteran yourself, I'm happy to join you on your journey and act as your guide. On this page, you'll find all my latest Chrome OS coverage — the original analysis, the tips 'n' tricks, and everything in between. I'll be updating it regularly as new subjects come up, so check back often and stay ahead of the curve with your Chromebook knowledge.
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Chrome OS tips, advice, and general knowledge
Chromebooks aren't like regular computers — so are they right for your needs? These three questions will help you (or anyone else you know) find the answer.
Save yourself from buyer's remorse by thinking through what a Chrome OS device-maker won't tell you.>
Got a new Chromebook? This guide will help you navigate the ever-expanding world of Chromebook apps and figure out how to make the most of Chrome OS.
Supercharge your Chrome OS experience with these time-saving tricks and techniques.>
Make your Chromebook faster, smarter, and more pleasant to use with these easy-to-follow annual steps.
Chromebook owners, start your engines: These four incoming features will help you focus better and work more efficiently.
A new feature coming to Chromebooks has tons of productivity potential — but it's up to you to put it to use.
Software isn't the only area that's evolving in the Chrome OS universe right now.>
Chrome OS may be cloud-centric at its core, but you can get plenty accomplished offline on a Chromebook — if you set things up thoughtfully in advance.
Realize it or not, you (and/or your friends and colleagues) have probably heard plenty of hokum about Google's Chrome OS platform. Time to separate fact from fiction.
Google's Chrome OS isn't like other operating systems — and the way it handles upgrades is no exception.
Some fresh perspective on a Chromebook's capabilities for professionals.
Chromebook security gets simpler with these ultra-useful but off-the-beaten-path options.
Google Smart Lock can simplify security and save you time on Chrome OS, Android, and even Mac and Windows. Are you taking advantage of all it has to offer?
Make Smart Lock more effective and efficient with this simple tune-up and time-saving shortcut.
Turn your Chromebook into a uniquely versatile modern computing machine with these Chrome-OS-enhancing apps.
Linux apps can expand your Chromebook's capabilities and open up all sorts of interesting options — but first, you have to know where to begin.
Make your Chromebook even more capable with this carefully selected set of Linux apps for expanding Chrome OS's potential as a business tool.
With a few simple tweaks, your Chromebook can become an even more connected part of your cloud-centric setup.
A handy hack for customizing your Chromebook and bringing native app-like experiences to your favorite sites and services.
Reclaim wasted time and watch your efficiency soar with this spectacularly useful cross-platform add-on.
Chrome OS analysis
Google's handling of Chrome OS upgrades has long been an asset for the platform — but now, it's starting to become a liability.
A string of striking changes will soon supercharge Chromebooks everywhere — and make them more Android-like than ever.
As the lines continue to blur between Chrome OS and Android, some once-crazy-sounding concepts are shaking up mobile computing as we know it.
The Android tablet is dead. Long live the Android tablet.
How a seemingly simple new hardware form could mark a major turning point in Google's long-standing chicken-and-egg stalemate with Android app developers.
There's much more to this move than what you see on the surface. Ready to have your mind blown?
Linux app support for Chrome OS may sound like a big heaping bowl of irrelevant geek stew, but don't be fooled: This move is enormously significant, too.
Apple's plan to bring mobile apps to the desktop validates what Google's been doing with Android and Chrome OS for some time now — but its approach is also different in some pretty interesting ways.
Google's Chrome OS has been quietly reshaping the state of modern computing for some time now — and thanks to a new twist on an old idea, it's about to do it again.
The HP Chromebook x2 has an uncanny connection to Chrome OS and Android's intertwined history. Ready for a haunting ghost tour?
The common conclusion with Google's Pixelbook is that you'd have to be crazy to spend that much money on a Chromebook, but that assessment is based on a flawed and myopic premise.
Google's new Surface-like convertible has plenty of surface-level appeal, but can it stand up to the company's reigning productivity champion?
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