Google Pixelbook May Get Microsoft Windows 10 Certification

Joanna Estrada
June 14, 2018

The ability to boot into Windows on a good Chrome OS device like the Google Pixelbook may come as good news for users who want native apps that do not yet run on the Web.

Google could be working on Windows 10 for Pixelbook support, with the Chromebook getting official compatibility with Microsoft's OS.

It feels unlikely that Google would be willing to ship a version of the Pixelbook with Windows 10 pre-loaded, but with this certification, that's something that the company would be able to do.

ChromeOS now has commits referencing WHCK (Windows Hardware Certification Kit) and HLK (Hardware Lab Kit), which are likely pushes for Microsoft's certification of the device to run Windows 10. For buyers, it would mean the guarantee of drivers so that the Pixelbook's USB ports, touchscreen, webcam, and other hardware components would all play nicely with Windows software. The HLK is specifically mentioned along with "Eve", which is Google Pixelbook's development codename. Launched late past year, the Pixelbook is Google's latest Chrome OS notebook but, though the initial response was generally positive, some insisted it was a missed opportunity too.

The developers have since become a little less clandestine as work on AltOS progresses, letting slip a few details that help us build a better picture.

Googlers have been spotted submitting AltOS-related commits to both the normal Pixelbook branch and the campfire branch, suggesting that the updated firmware isn't destined to stay behind Google's doors. Drop a comment below and let us know! It's well within reason that Google could withhold the project from public release. Since Google is using Microsoft's kits here, it essentially proves that this isn't just a side project or a hack. Enter your email to be subscribed to our newsletter.

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