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The line-blurring brilliance of Google’s new ChromeOS-Windows connection


When I tell people a Chromebook could conceivably replace their Windows laptop, there’s often an asterisk attached — particularly when it comes to productivity-obsessed computer owners.

And that asterisk almost always comes down to Windows software.

It’s the subject of the second question in my heavily referenced “Is ChromeOS right for you?” guide, in fact, and for good reason: The biggest thing one has to think about when moving to a Chromebook is what type of work you dive into on a daily basis and whether the tools you need would exist in the ChromeOS universe.

Honestly, the typical answer might surprise you. For the vast majority of people these days, ChromeOS’s web-centric approach is more than enough to get the job done. Most of us mere mortals spend most of our time in browser-based apps — or easily could — and especially when you add in the platform’s availability of more advanced progressive web apps along with Android apps and even Linux apps, there’s very little most people would need to do that they couldn’t accomplish on a Chromebook at this point.

The main exception tends to revolve around the business world and the lingering reality of Windows-specific company software. But — oh, yes — that exception is about to be extinguished.

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