It looks like Google is readying the Pixelbook to run Windows 10

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It was touted by Google as a high-performance, two-in-one Chromebook, and looked very much like a premium Google device created to square off against Microsoft's Surface range. It doesn't make sense for Google to seek the certification unless they are planning on using Windows with it, which suggests that they might be working on a Pixelbook that could dual boot both operating systems.

Google launched its premium Pixelbook laptop in October past year with retail sales starting a month later.

There's no way to tell when or if the Pixelbook will receive Windows 10 certification. Would you swap Chrome OS for Microsoft's ecosystem? That might sound like ESPN's next 30 for 30 documentary, but it also sounds like something that might become reality, reported XDA Developers. It has since emerged that developer code commits and code-reviews "all-but-confirmed that Windows is the AltOS".

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Mentions of WHCK (Windows Hardware Certification Kit) and HLK (Windows Hardware Lab Kit) confirm that this won't be a hack job and that Google is working on getting the Google Pixelbook to pass the certification suite provided by Microsoft.

Google hasn't commented on its plans and it's impossible to know whether the company is simply testing the feature to decide whether to release it or not or really wants to get this to the Pixelbook at some point in the near future. For buyers, it would mean the guarantee of drivers so that the Pixelbook's USB ports, touchscreen, webcam, and other hardware components would all play nicely with Windows software.

For those out-of-the-loop, a few weeks ago a new branch of the Google Pixelbook turned up called Eve-Campfire (Eve is the codename for the Pixelbook). Notably, AltOS can be seen as a viable method of being able to install Windows OS on Pixelbooks, the reports say.

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