I was thrilled when Google added a dedicated release notes view to Chrome OS. But after upgrading two of my Chromebooks to Chrome OS 78, the old notes appear. There’s no excuse for that.
Chrome OS 77
Google has quietly rolled out the Stable Version of Chrome OS 77, which is available now for nearly all Chromebooks. Here’s what in, and not in, the new software release.
Still rocking a Chromebook Pixel 2015 or other device from around that era? You’ve been missing out on Linux apps but that’s about to change with Chrome OS 77 next month, thanks to a kernel update.
While the new Virtual Desks feature of Chrome OS landed with version 76, the keyboard shortcuts to use them on a Chromebook didn’t. And they won’t be here for Chrome OS 77 either.
After years without traditional release notes, Chromebook users are getting them. Sort of. Google has a dedicated web page to highlight what’s new in Chrome OS, likely to coincide with the Chrome OS 76 or 77 release.
The virtual desk feature for Chromebooks is expected to land in a few weeks with Chrome OS 76, including keyboard shortcuts. A new code commit suggests a four-finger swipe to move between workspaces may be added in time for the release.
The beginnings of a new feature to display the battery life of connected Bluetooth devices has arrived in Chrome OS 77. It’s still a work in progress but will be a welcome addition to the Chromebook platform.
The virtual desks feature for Chromebooks looked to be arriving with Chrome OS 77. Surprise: It’s available now in the Chrome OS 76 Dev Channel. Here’s how to enable it.
The new Virtual Desks feature is now live in the Canary Channel of Chrome OS 77. Here’s a video demo of how you can use up to four workspaces on a single Chromebook with Virtual Desks.
The latest video of virtual desks on a Chromebook shows how you’ll be able to easily move apps from one workspace to another. However, this functionality may not make the cut for Chrome OS 76.