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Google drops Windows 10 capability on Chromebooks

by Dan Millward
Google scraps Windows 10 on Chromebook project

It appears Google has dropped the idea of Windows 10 being able to run on Chromebooks. It was never officially confirmed that Google was working on such a project. However, the project in question has seen very little updates recently. This suggests it’s unlikely you will see Windows 10 coming to Chromebooks anytime soon.

The project known as ‘Project Campfire’ would have allowed Chromebook users to install Windows 10 alongside Chrome OS. This would have given you the ability to have a dual boot setup, which would have the option to boot using Chrome OS or Windows 10.

Although I can see the attraction of having one laptop that could run both Windows 10 and Chrome OS. I cannot really understand why Google would want to go down this road. The whole idea of a Chromebook was to be cloud-based, which took security seriously.

Performance would have been another issue. Chromebooks have definitely advanced over the last couple of years, but I don’t think they are at a stage where they could run Windows 10. The experience would have surely been utterly frustrating and pointless.

Windows 10 and Chrome OS are worlds apart

The reason most people use Chromebooks is that they had enough of Microsoft Windows. Microsoft Windows is sluggish and unreliable. Even if you have a desktop PC with a fantastic spec, you still have to deal with Windows 10 taking an age to boot up.

Compare this to Chrome OS where you can be booted up in under seven seconds. I cannot understand the fascination of wanting to have access to Windows 10. The Microsoft Windows operating system has been designed to work with a huge amount of hardware. This is one of the reasons why Windows 10 can be so unreliable.

Software is now going cloud based

Software is no longer being created to be installed on a Microsoft Windows computer. If you even take a look at Microsoft, they are moving away from traditionally installed programs in favour of cloud-based software.

Microsoft Office 360 is cloud-based, which shows that the days of installing computer programs onto your desktop PC is over. So this begs the question of why people are still wanting to install Windows 10 on a Chromebook.

Graphic design, video editing and gaming

The only reason why you could possibly need access to Windows 10 is if you need to do some fancy video editing, graphic design or serious gaming.

This I totally understand because a Chromebook is not a gaming machine. I would also not choose a Chromebook to do video editing. However, if you need a Windows 10 computer to do such tasks. Then it would make sense to go out and buy a computer specifically designed for this.

Personally, I’m rather glad that Project Campfire has been axed. Allowing Windows 10 to dual Boot with Chrome OS on a Chromebook is a crazy idea. The hardware needed for both operating systems is worlds apart.

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