New Software Lets You Run Windows Apps on Chromebooks

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Chromebooks have proven to be capable, affordable computers. That is, as long as you're willing to do everything in the cloud. Chrome is right for some, but doesn't have the same software library as its Mac and Windows counterparts. The developers at Codeweavers wants to change that with a new app: Crossover Android. It will let users run Windows apps on Intel-based Chromebooks and Android tablets.

Oh, and it's free.

In a video Codeweavers put on YouTube, you can watch someone running Steam and playing Limbo (of course, with mostly weak processors and no discrete graphics, the chances of running Overwatch, Doom, or The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt are all pipe dreams on the current slate of Chromebooks). In theory, you should be able to run anything like you would on Windows, including Office, Slack, Photoshop or anything else you'd run on your laptops. In practice, Codeweavers warns that it's still in active developement, and not everything will work as planned.

MORE: Chromebooks vs. Windows 10 Laptops: What Should You Buy?

You can sign up for the Crossover Android preview here.

 If your Chromebook isn't packing an Intel CPU, you're out of luck. However, most of our favorite Chromebooks, including the Toshiba Chromebook 2, Lenovo 100S Chromebook and Acer Chromebook 14 for Work run on Intel chips.



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Andrew E. Freedman
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  • Paul Anderson Says:

    I've been witness to the tech evolution, and for decades had only Windows as an OS: From Windows 95 thru W-10 (and almost all versions in-between). I even got an iPad. I'm not a brand-name devotee and so I'm not loyal to any brand or business but my own. I got my first Chromebook (a CB5-571 series) several months back and it's great. And you do not have to be online to use it, with some exceptions. But since I've almost always been online when using any PC, laptop, tablet, or smart phone; the idea of operating from the Cloud differs little. How many people buy a $500 smart-phone (w/any OS) and then not get cell service? Very few! Switching from one corp-giant to another (MS to G) was no big deal either. And my Intel NUC PC runs Linux Mint 18! Again; no OS loyalties! Notwithstanding, I will wait until Google officially updates my Chromebook for the Android merge. I'd like to see a video of them creating a new Powerpoint presentation rather than a video game (which is a video); that'd be a real test for Codeweavers!

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