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Windows 10 on Google Pixelbook could be a reality

Windows 10 on Google Pixelbook could be a reality

by AshwinJune 14, 2018

A lot of laptop users have switched to hybrid devices in the recent years. We are talking about the Microsoft Surface and Google Pixelbook which you can use like a tablet ot a laptop. But it appears that the Mountain View company might allow users to run Windows 10 on Google Pixelbook.

There is no official confirmation about this, but a report made by XDA has discovered evidence that Google is working on supporting Microsoft’s OS on its device.

Previous reports have indicated that Google has been working on an AltOS for the Pixelbook devices. And while the Chrome OS team have not explicitly mentioned the names of Microsoft or Windows in the code and commit reviews which have been spotted, there are some acronyms which confirm the same. The Chrome OS team seems to have included comments with the words WHCK and HLK, which stand for Windows Hardware Certification Kit and Windows Hardware Lab Kit.

Windows 10 on Google Pixelbook

Why is this important? HLK is a critical part of the Microsoft Hardware Compatibility Program. Only if a device passes this check, will it be certified to ship with Windows. Whether the device will actually include Windows out of the box is uncertain? Perhaps AltOS is a reference to dual booting, an option which the user can decide to use. It is also possible that AltOS, which could be alternate OS, is also a single operating system on the device. A new Windows 10 powered Pixelbook variant? Sure, why not? The Pixelbook does have the specs needed to run Windows, thanks to the 7th Gen Intel Core i5 Processor and 8GB of RAM.

But, we think the certification is all the more important for the Pixelbook, because it will offer the device official support for Windows 10 updates, straight from Microsoft, just like regular Windows machines do. And this could very well be possible because the certification will allows the device’s drivers to be signed digitally by Microsoft, to ensure that it has been verified to work fine. If true, users will be able to boot Windows 10 on Google Pixelbook.

It will be interesting to see whether Google and Microsoft will actually partner for Windows 10 on Google Pixelbook. We only have to wait patiently, for an official announcement to be made by the two tech giants. And with the recently announced Qualcomm Snapdragon 850, which will be powering new Windows 10 powered devices, we certainly have a lot to look forward to in the future.