Microsoft updates Skype for Linux, brings Skype calling to Chromebooks

Microsoft has updated its Skype client for Linux for the first time since 2014. The new Skype for Linux Alpha featured an updated user interface and an entirely new architecture — it doesn’t yet have all the features available for Windows, Mac, iOS, or Android. But it uses the same calling architecture as Skype for those platforms, […]

Android apps will only run on new(ish) Chrome OS computers

Android apps are coming to Chrome OS soon. But you’ll need a relatively recent device to use them. Google has unveiled a list of the first Chromebooks, Chromeboxes, and other Chrome OS computers that will support the Google Play Store and Android apps, and for the most part we’re looking at devices that launched in […]

Yep, the Google Play Store is coming to Chrome OS

The rumors were true. Google is bringing the Google Play Store to Chrome OS, which means it’ll be much easier to find and install Android apps on Chromebooks or other devices running Google’s Chrome operating system. We’ll probably have to wait until May 19th for Google to officially announce the feature, but a summary for […]

Cloudready uses Chromium OS to breathe life into old computers

Neverware has created a software program that turns any old computer into a Chromebook or Chromebox. All it takes is a USB flash drive and a few minutes to load the company’s Cloudready software onto a computer. The company worked with Google to develop Cloudready, and it’s a cloud-based operating system based on Chromium OS, […]

Chromebooks with NVIDIA Tegra X1 chips on the way?

NVIDIA’s Tegra X1 processor is a 64-bit, processor based on an ARM Cortex-A57/Cortex-A53 architecture and featuring NVIDIA’s 256-core “Maxwell” graphics. It’s designed for use in a range of hardware including automotive systems, game consoles, and possibly handheld gaming devices. It might also show up in next-gen Chromebooks. CNX Software reports that Chromium OS developers have been adding […]

Google’s new Chrome OS app launcher includes Google Now

Google will begin rolling out an update to the Chrome OS Beta Channel next week bringing an updated Chrome Launcher, support for password-protected ZIP files, and more. One of the most interesting new features coming to Google’s operating system for Chromebooks is support for Google Now in the app launcher. Hit the search icon in the taskbar […]

Microsoft: Cheap Windows notebooks to tackle Chromebooks this year

Trying to decide whether to pick up a Chromebook or a Windows laptop? If you’re leaning toward a Chromebook because it’s cheaper… well, it might not be. There are already plenty of cheap Windows laptops, and Microsoft is promising that we’ll see even more cheap models from partners including Acer, HP, and Toshiba in time for the […]