It looks like Google’s desktop OS is about to get a lot more useful. According to references discovered by a Redditor on Google’s Chromium review website (via 9to5Google), the company’s Chrome OS may be able to dual boot an alternate operating system in the future, namely Windows. The code at least applies to the company’s own Pixelbook that is one of the more powerful options on the market.
Specifically, the code references a new “AltOS” mode that would, obviously, let you choose an alternative operating system. The only question surrounds how exactly this works, whether it would let you switch between Chrome OS and Windows or if you could install an entirely different OS on your entire system. Right now, things remain pretty unclear that we can’t exactly make any judgments to how useful it could prove to be.
That being said, if AltOS turns out to be a feature, we’ll likely hear about it in the coming months. Google I/O 2018 is right around the corner so we could hear something about it there, but I wouldn’t put money on it. For now, we’re left with a ton of unanswered questions and it’s unclear when they’ll get answered. Stay tuned, I guess.