Your decade MacBook is about to take on new life with Chrome OS Flex

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Why would that be any better? Because, like ChromeOS, Flex is a lightweight cloud-based operating system that doesn’t require the most advanced components to run smoothly. Google claims the OS will boot quickly, receive the same update cadence as Chrome OS, and provide access to the Chrome browser, Google Assistant, and other features (Family Link accounts, Smart Lock, Instant Tethering, and Nearby Share), all from the same UI as Chrome OS. It’s also easy to manage, and ID admins can effortlessly upgrade to Chrome OS devices when the time comes.

The minimal operating system, which is mainly aimed at corporations and educational institutions, is open source. With the official release of Chrome OS Flex, outdated PCs and Macs can now be transformed into Chromebooks. Your Mac or PC will eventually have trouble operating due to applications clogging it up or becoming damaged from repeated use. Depending on a number of factors, it might take a few years or a decade, but there is almost no avoiding the inevitable. Instead of recycling or reusing an outdated system, you can now turn a PC/Mac into a Chromebook with Chrome OS Flex.


  • An early access preview for Chrome OS Flex went live earlier this year and alerted Google to some 600 bugs. With those fixed, Flex is now rolling out to businesses and schools. To make things easier for those institutions, Google put together a list of systems that are verified to run Chrome OS Flex. At the time of writing, there are some 300 devices capable of switching to the OS. Below are the functions that are guaranteed to work on certified machines:

  • Lance Reddick in Resident Evil May Get Me to Watch Resident Evil Keep in mind that Chrome OS Flex is primarily meant for businesses and schools running large fleets of old Windows PCs, including those from Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, Lenovo, LG, and others. It also works with Macs, including some that are up to 10 years old.

Chrome OS Flex was made possible after Google acquired Neverware, the makers of CloudReady, in 2020. It has since worked with the team to integrate CloudReady into a Chrome-branded product. To try Chrome OS Flex, you can boot directly from a USB without uninstalling or installing anything. When you’re ready, you can replace your old OS (back up everything first!) by installing Chrome OS Flex.

“We’re working on more certifications every day, and even if your device isn’t yet certified, you can still try Chrome OS Flex,” wrote Thomas Riedl, director of product, enterprise, and education at Google. Uses a powerful Google Tensor processor for absurd speeds, has an advanced camera with a 4x optical zoom, and a sensor that can capture more light than ever before, has a fast-charging battery to allow you to stay on the go more, and features multiple incredible photo tools.


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