Google Pixelbook 2 could natively boot both Chrome OS and Windows 10

The Google Pixelbook will soon offer users a choice between booting either Chrome OS or Windows 10, if a new report is to be believed.

The folks over at XDA Developers have uncovered some documentation that confirms earlier rumours claiming that Google is testing the Pixelbook with the Windows Hardware Certification Kit and Windows Hardware Lab Kit to determine whether it’s compatible with Windows 10 and the drivers needed to make it tick.

What’s interesting is that the Windows Hardware Lab Kit is required as part of Microsoft’s Hardware Compatibility Program, which certifies products that ship with Windows on board, suggesting that Big G is looking to release a variant of the Pixelbook – dubbed the Pixelbook 2 – that can boot Chrome OS and Windows 10.

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Offering customers the choice of both Chrome OS and Windows, and giving them the option to switch between the two whenever they see fit (like Apple does with macOS and Windows) should put the Pixelbook in more hands, as it’ll solve the issue of customers wanting the hardware but not wanting to settle for Chrome OS.

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The intention for the end user would presumably be to use Chrome OS on a daily basis to benefit from the fantastic battery life it delivers, only switching to power-hungry Windows when they need to complete a more intense task that web-based software doesn’t support, like editing an image in Adobe Lightroom or Photoshop.

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