A wider rollout of ChromeOS Flex, Google’s free operating system for aging PC and Mac users, has been revealed. In February, a new version of ChromeOS was introduced and made beta-testable.
According to the corporation, the operating system was created for businesses and educational institutions and is available for free download.
In order to save energy, Google advises users to install ChromeOS Flex rather than buying a new PC or Mac. On average, the operating system is said to use 19 percent less energy.
Google revealed in a recent blog post, that the ChromeOS Flex will soon be publicly accessible for PCs and Macs.
The new ChromeOS version, according to the business, delivers proactive security with sandboxing and defense against ransomware, malware, and employee mistakes.
Google debuted ChromeOS Flex in February of this year after making it initially available for early access. It is a free operating system to download.
Background updates minimize downtime on ChromeOS Flex, preventing sluggishness over time. According to Google, the operating system was created for institutions of higher learning.
Additionally, according to the firm, ChromeOS Flex uses 19% less energy than ChromeOS, therefore Google urges customers to switch to ChromeOS Flex instead of buying a new computer.
According to Thomas Riedl, Director of Product, Enterprise, and Education at Google, “40 million tons of e-waste are produced globally each year, equivalent to 800 computers being discarded every second.
An effective strategy to save waste and stop this expanding issue is to upgrade devices to ChromeOS Flex rather than completely replacing them.
Google also updated its list of approved devices that support ChromeOS Flex. 295 models can now run the operating system thanks to the certification. The corporation has also provided brand-specific listings of the certified models.
These include the Latitude 3160 from Dell, the Macbook Pro 2013 15-inch model, and the Macbook Air 2012 11-inch model from Apple.
It should be highlighted that two certified Macbook Air units did not have a working webcam. However, consumers can test the new ChromeOS Flex on any model.
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