ChromeOS Flex: Google releases operating system for old Macs and PCs

ChromeOS Flex gets old computers up and running again: Google has now released its operating system. The software does not only run on Windows PCs.

ChromeOS Flex is primarily intended for companies and schools that use old Windows PCs and want to modernize and simplify their IT setup. The software can also be a solution for companies that operate sustainably and want to produce less electronic waste by using old hardware.

Google has tested its operating system with devices from Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, Lenovo, LG and Toshiba, among others. But Flex is also said to run on some of Apple’s legacy computers, including Macbooks that are more than a decade old. So far, 295 devices have been certified for use, writes Google.

Tasks are outsourced to the cloud

With ChromeOS Flex, Google is primarily focusing on ease of use and broad accessibility. Since many tasks are outsourced to the cloud, i.e. the Internet, the operating system can even be used on old and weak computers.

Google had tested its operating system for half a year in an early access preview. Around 600 bugs were fixed, reports the US magazine “The Verge”.

Users can install the operating system on the computer either from a USB stick or via a company network. It is also possible to try it out using a USB stick by starting the software from there.

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