Winners and Losers: Chrome OS saves old laptops as Windows leaves Brits app-less

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Its the weekend once again, meaning its time for another edition of Winners and Losers. This week, its the battle of the operating systems with Google’due south Chrome Bone crowned our winner and

Windows xi

users our loser.

It’s not been the virtually eventful week in tech. Samsung’due south Galaxy S22 launch and February’s large Nintendo Direct having taken place the previous calendar week, making this one feel quite a flake quieter.

This week saw the release of three new smartphones – OnePlus’ affordable Nord CE 2 and the colour-changing Realme nine Pro and ix Pro Plus. New headphones likewise arrived from the likes of Audio-Technica, Sony and B&O, while KEF unveiled its newest ready of loftier-end Bract and Reference speakers.

Scroll down to learn who picked upwardly our winner and loser titles this week and why…

Winner: Google

Our winner is Google, who this week appear software that will transform your erstwhile Windows or macOS laptop into a Chromebook at no extra cost.

Chrome OS Flex gives users access to web apps and virtualisation, fast boot-up speeds, groundwork organization updates and born security protection and features the same code base of operations and release cadence as Chrome OS. Devices running the deject-based OS can even exist managed by IT alongside regular Chromebooks via the Google Admin console.

The software is designed to bring new life to outdated laptops at businesses and schools that might otherwise exist thrown out. Not only could this salvage a lot of money but it should too help to reduce e-waste product caused past chucking former tech out. Y’all could even use the software to aid donate sometime laptops to friends, family unit or organisations in demand of devices.

Chrome OS Flex isn’t
new. Google acquired Neverware, the company behind the software (then chosen CloudReady) in 2022, before developing it into what information technology is today.

Chrome OS Flex launched an early admission version of the software this calendar week, but a stable (and bug-gratuitous) version should be available in the coming months.

Windows 11

Loser: Windows users

Nosotros’ve already crowned 1 operating organization our winner so it felt poetic to choose another as our loser. Luckily for us, Microsoft made it easy with its latest Windows eleven update.

This calendar week, the company appear the kickoff major update to its Windows 11 OS since its launch final October. However, 1 of the most exciting features won’t actually exist available in the UK.

The Os update includes a preview of the Amazon Appstore for Windows, which allows users to install Android apps on their PC, with the first 1000 apps being released this week.

Withal, this app shop is currently only supported in the US, meaning UK users won’t exist able to have reward of it.

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Non only this, but Microsoft originally suggested that the app store would be bachelor to users from launch, significant this is the 2nd fourth dimension Brits have faced disappointment in this department.

Microsoft has stated that information technology plans to share more details and broaden the availability of the Amazon Appstore “later this year”, and then nosotros’re not getting our hopes upwards nosotros’ll come across the feature here whatever time in the near future, but hopefully the update won’t be besides far off.


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