Chrome OS 73 brings Linux app support, managed guest sessions to enterprises

After consumers gained support for Linux apps in Chrome OS 69, enterprise users get the feature in Chrome OS 73, along with managed guess sessions for improved device sharing.

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How to use Skype for Web on a Chromebook now that Microsoft isn’t supporting it

With an updated Skype for Web service, Microsoft has eliminated support for all but the Edge and Chrome browsers on certain hardware. To get around this on a Chromebook, you can use this trick.

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Chrome OS 75 will let you uninstall Linux apps from the launcher on your Chromebook

Currently you can remove just about any app from a Chromebook directly from the app launcher. But not Linux apps. That’s changing with Chrome OS 75, which will get the feature for simple Linux app uninstalls.

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Chrome OS 74 Dev Channel 74.0.3713.0 brings Linux container Backup/Restore feature (and it works!)

The latest Dev Channel of Chrome OS 74 brings a key feature for those using Linux apps on a Chromebook: Backup and restore of the Linux container. Here’s how it works.

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Video look at virtual desk workspaces, possibly for Chrome OS 74

A short video demonstrates how virtual workspaces will work on a Chromebook. You’ll be limited to four desktops but that should be plenty for a huge productivity boost.

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How to install Android widgets on a Chromebook

Hopefully, Google will add optional Android widget support to Chromebooks in the future. Until that happens, give Taskbar a try: If you have a Chromebook running Android 9 Pie, you can use this app to add any Android widgets to your Chrome OS desktop view.

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Chrome OS 73 Dev Channel adds native PDF annotation support

Using an Android app to annotate PDFs on your Chromebook? You may not have to much longer: Google introduced a native PDF markup function in the latest Dev Channel of Chrome OS 73 that works with a stylus or a finger on a touchscreen.

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VPN TUN support coming soon to Linux on Chromebooks with Crostini

A small code change will lead to a largely desired function, particularly for enterprise users: VPN support for Linux apps in Crostini on a Chromebook. Yes, you can use an Android VPN app for Chrome OS, but that security won’t extend to Linux.

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Google expands Instant Tethering connection to 15 Chromebooks and 30 Android phone models

Until today, you officially needed a Google-branded Android phone and Chromebook to use the Instant Tethering feature for connectivity when you can’t find a Wi-Fi hotspot. Now, the feature is expanding to partner devices with more in the coming months.

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Native backup and restoring of Linux containers in Crostini targeted for Chrome OS 74

Slated for Chrome OS 74 is a new function to export and import Crostini containers on Chromebooks, allowing you to backup or restore your Linux environment as needed — handy for folks relying heavily on Linux apps within the Chrome OS platform.

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How to use a non-Pixel Android phone for Instant Tethering on a Chromebook

Originally only for Chromebook users with a Google Pixel phone, the Instant Tethering feature of Chrome OS now supports non-Pixel Android handsets in the Dev Channel. Here’s how to use it and which phones, so far, work with it.

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