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The Chromebook’s new secret weapon

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Google’s Chrome OS platform is a lot of different things. It’s a simple place for web-centric computing. It’s a natural extension of Android and the future of the “Android tablet.” It’s a place to run Linux apps — and soon, if you’re in the right enterprise environment, a place to run Windows apps, too (!).

Chrome OS has truly become the “everything OS” — a colossal shift from its initial position as the “nothing OS” when it first showed up on our doorsteps many moons ago. But aside from appealing to people with all of those aforementioned qualities, the humble Chromebook is slowly but surely gaining a new purpose and unique advantage over its competitors.

It’s something that’s been shaping up subtly for a while but that Google is now openly promoting and pushing forward, and it’s an asset so obvious-seeming, it’s almost shocking that it hasn’t been tapped into ’til now. It’s the Chromebook’s role as the ultimate Google machine — a single device where Google’s services and search prowess come together in a singularly streamlined way. And if you think it’s no big deal, well, you’re missing the bigger picture.

It was more of a passing side note than any bold declaration, but Google actually laid out its vision for this new Chrome OS superpower in a blog post this week. The post was about new features coming into the Chrome OS environment as part of September’s hefty operating system update. A smarter cross-device Wi-Fi password syncing system, a simplified system settings interface, and a more accessible mic-level slider were the headlining items. But casually dropped in the middle of the post was a quietly important paragraph:

Soon, you’ll also be able to search through settings from the Launcher. This is a big step in helping the Launcher work like an “everything button” — our vision is to create one place for you to access Google Search, your Drive, settings, apps, local files, and more. So you can hit one button, type what you’re looking for, and then your Chromebook will intelligently figure out what to find for you.

And there you have it: the “everything button” — the logical next step for what’s evolved into the “everything OS.”

It’s easy to brush that away as a modest expansion, but having that all-in-one, “everything button” function really can impact your day-to-day work and ability to get stuff done. To some degree, that Chrome OS Launcher button has acted as a bit of an “everything button” for a while now, but the “everything” part of it has had a handful of missing elements — and Google hasn’t done an especially great job of publicizing its multipurpose nature and making sure we mortal Chromebook owners appreciate its potential.

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