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PixelBook could be in line for official Windows 10 certification

Google looks like it is chasing official Windows 10 certification for the Pixelbook. (Source: Google)
Google looks like it is chasing official Windows 10 certification for the Pixelbook. (Source: Google)
There is mounting evidence that Google is working on allowing its Pixelbooks to natively support Windows 10. What's more, it seems that Google could also be chasing official certification from Microsoft meaning that the Pixelbook could even ship with Windows 10 pre-installed.
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Ever since Google unveiled the Pixelbook in October last year, it was plain to all that with options for Intel’s 7th Gen Core i7 chips, was overpowered for a device running just Chrome OS out of the box. Many wished that, at least like a MacBook, the Pixelbook could dual-boot Windows 10, as it has all the qualities of a highly desirable Windows 10 2-in-1 machine. That dream looks suspiciously like it could become a reality.

Google has already been working to bring official support for Linux virtual machines to the Pixelbook via project Crostini, which would begin to tap into the full potential of its hardware. XDA-Developers have spotted commits and code-reviews on the Chrome OS developer threads that reference WHCK (Windows Hardware Certification Kit) and HLK (Windows Hardware Lab Kit). Although not mentioned by name (as Chrome OS developers are loath to do), HLK support would mean the ability to incorporate officially supported drivers for Windows 10 on the Pixelbook.

This is big news for fans of the Google Pixelbook. Not only will Pixelbooks be able to support Linux apps, it could ship directly from Google with a Windows 10 partition set up out of the box for dual-booting purposes. Not only would this put the Pixelbook well and truly in the sights of Windows 10 PC customers, but it could also help to convert would-be MacBook buyers to Google’s notebook hardware as well.

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Sanjiv Sathiah
Sanjiv Sathiah - Senior Tech Writer - 1254 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I have been writing about consumer technology over the past ten years, previously with the former MacNN and Electronista, and now Notebookcheck since 2017. My first computer was an Apple ][c and this sparked a passion for Apple, but also technology in general. In the past decade, I’ve become increasingly platform agnostic and love to get my hands on and explore as much technology as I can get my hand on. Whether it is Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Linux, Nintendo, Xbox, or PlayStation, each has plenty to offer and has given me great joy exploring them all. I was drawn to writing about tech because I love learning about the latest devices and also sharing whatever insights my experience can bring to the site and its readership.
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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2018-06-14 (Update: 2018-06-14)