Google Seeking Windows 10 Certification for Pixelbook

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Thought this was interesting.

https://www.xda-developers.com/google-pixelbook-microsoft-windows-10/

Looks like Google is seeking Windows certification for the Pixelbook. As others have speculated it is unlikely Google would ship with Windows 10 on their hardware but they could leave open a dual booting option similar to boot camp.

I have to think this is something being looked at for enterprise. Basically a “We think Chromebook will work for you BUT if you get it and need more or have that one department or project that wants it, toss Windows on it.”

Comments (47)

47 responses to “Google Seeking Windows 10 Certification for Pixelbook”

  1. Martin Pelletier

    This is strange that Google would make Chromebooks with Win10 installed. Maybe they want to compete more against Surface laptops? Or they want to do something similar as Apple that has a way to convert Macs to Windows?

  2. skane2600

    I expect they would sell more Pixelbooks with Windows installed, but it doesn't seem to fit their current strategy.

  3. dcdevito

    It's the end of the world as we know it

    It's the end of the world as we know it


    And I feel fine

  4. Michael Goff

    What's the point of a Pixelbook if it runs Windows 10?

  5. Dan1986ist

    If this gets to the sold by retailers phase, 32 GBs of local disk storage, or whatever the amount is, isn't going to cut on these pixelbooks. Not with Chrome OS and Windows 10 alongside each other in a dualboot configuration. There would have to more internal storage to make this work.

  6. lordbaal1

    This has something to do with hardware.

    A PC can easily duel boot. It's nothing special. This is most likely for some hardware. 

    Maybe like an Xbox controller, maybe printer, or any hardware peripherals.

  7. RR

    Maybe Google sees the handwriting on the Wall. And it's spelled "Andromeda"

    • skane2600

      In reply to RR:

      I don't see any connection between Pixelbooks and the vaporish Andromeda.

      • RR

        In reply to skane2600:

        Haha. You guys remind me of the "Ghandi" quote. Or the stages of grief, take your pick. :-)

        So it's speculative of course, but the idea is if Andromeda were to dual run Windroid (Microsoft already deploys all the tech to do this today). Then Google's logical initial response could be do the same on desktop (the product ad writes itself if Microsoft thinks there is value in Windroid mobiles).

        I have thought for sometime that Microsoft needs to do a Windroid if they want the Andromeda to succeed in a way that is material, and for sure, if one were going to launch a Windroid machine without saying so ahead of time, you would do all the things Microsoft has done over the last 2 years or so.

        Maybe Google thinks that's what they are doing. Remember, Google is the fastest follower of all the tech giants. They did it in SmartPhone, in SmartSpeakers, Jamboard etc, so if they get a whiff something is cooking, they respond. You see Microsoft stock doing pretty well and getting quite pricey. Why? There are some people who know something that Microsoft is doing that they expect to be big. Maybe its just the cloud, but we'll see.

        • skane2600

          In reply to RR:

          It's hard to keep track of all the fantasies associated with Microsoft's unannounced "products" like the Surface Phone and Andromeda but this is the first time I've heard that the latter could run Android apps.

          • RR

            In reply to skane2600:

            In a rather odd symmetry, it's the first I heard of a Chromebook running Windows ...

            • Michael Goff

              In reply to RR:


              Except there are actually things pointing to Windows 10 on a Pixelbook and only fanboy dreams pointing to Andromeda running Android apps.

            • skane2600

              In reply to RR:

              Well, we are speculating on the possibility of a Chromebook running Windows based on Google seeking Windows certification for the Pixelbook. You are speculating that Android apps will run on Andromeda based on nothing. That's the difference.

              • RR

                In reply to skane2600:

                Yes, I have less to go on that the Chromebook case. But here is what I have:

                We now know for sure that Microsoft is at advanced stage of working on this alleged device, including from permaskeptics like Paul Thurrott, that info is all in 1 direction at this point.

                We know that such an is-it-a-phone-is-it-not device running any version of Windows alone would probably appeal to a very tiny fraction of the user base. Sort of a pocketable Surface Studio. At best, a lot of media splash, oh, ha, that a few people are willing to buy at high prices, but little market effect. That was OK for brand building purposes, but I think Microsoft is past that point on their comeback journey, and it would be dumb now to stay there. Also, it could just bomb, because it is panned as an unnecessary item, which I would agree with, I mean it just makes no sense to ask people to keep 2 items in their pocket, bring this one out when, bring that one out if.

                OTOH, I think most people would agree that if such a device was a well implemented Windroid; a phone, and also whatever newly available benefits Microsoft implements into it, you suddenly have an addressable market of like 1-3% of mobile userbase to like 35_50% for the device category. So, I have never been a product developer, but I think "no brainer" is a word that might be thrown around in such a scenario. Yet some people are saying the Andromeda is not a phone. It is hard for me to believe, and I think that is just smokescreen.

                BTW, to add a bit to more, Huwaei is shipping a Windroid Phone in China this very minute. Not sure if it's a first, but someone at Microsoft approved that licensing deal, that can't be lost on the industry. Add that to all the Androidy things Mircosoft has been doing for 2 years. So, yes, it is speculative but that's not the same as "nothing."

                • skane2600

                  In reply to RR:

                  Can you provide a model number of Hawaei's "Windroid" phone? All I can find is their initial statement of intention, followed quickly be their decision to scrap the idea.


                  It's also worth noting that Surface Phone was considered "inevitable" among tech writers and yet, years later - no such device.


                  The problem with the idea is that if it runs full Windows 10, Android apps become superfluous and if it runs Windows 10 S, Windows becomes superfluous and it just becomes one of many competitors in the commodity Android market.

                • RR

                  In reply to skane2600:

                  Looks like my Huawei info was outdated. I had not seen the cancellation announcement "due to pressure from Microsoft and Google" per the news report I read just now. I guess that's the kibosh on my speculation, you win ? (for now)

                • skane2600

                  In reply to RR:

                  OK. The article I read quoted a Huawei official stating the reason was "nobody made any money in Windows Phone."

        • Michael Goff

          In reply to RR:


          I'm willing to hear you out. How do you think Andromeda will be the thing that kills ChromeOS?

  8. Nicholas Kathrein

    I think the main reason is like when you buy a Mac you also have the option of running windows. It makes Macs huge in software development. I think Google is looking at it from that angle.

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