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Slightly below a yr in the past, there have been indicators that Google was modifying the firmware of its Pixelbook laptop computer to allow twin booting into Home windows 10. The firmware was up to date to provide the Pixelbook the flexibility as well into an “Different OS” (“AltOS” mode). The work included references to the Home windows Certification Equipment (WHCK) and the Home windows Lab Equipment (HLK), Microsoft’s testing frameworks for Home windows eight.1 and Home windows 10 respectively.
Google now seems to have deserted this effort. A redditor known as crosfrog observed that AltOs mode was now deprecated (by way of Android Police). Pixelbooks are going to be for Chrome OS solely, in any case.
The twin boot work was being accomplished underneath the title Undertaking Campfire. There seems to have been little improvement work on Undertaking Campfire since final December. This means that Google really determined to not hassle with twin booting many months in the past.
In some methods, Undertaking Campfire highlighted simply how unusual Pixelbooks are. Pixelbooks are nearly uniquely well-specced and well-built when in comparison with different Chromebooks, they usually have the storage and computing energy to comfortably run Home windows. Typically, different Chromebooks merely lack the space for storing to probably assist operating Home windows alongside Chrome OS. As such, this wasn’t a improvement that may do a lot for the broader Chrome OS neighborhood. Equally, it is probably not clear that Undertaking Campfire would do a complete lot for Google, as the corporate is unlikely to have a lot curiosity in individuals shopping for a Pixelbook solely to run a non-Google working system.