Google reportedly working on Windows 10 dual boot feature for Chromebooks

Campfire leaks suggest Windows 10 Dual Boot may become a common feature of Chromebooks

Google appears to be well aware of this, as XDA Developers this week reports that a mysterious project which it has been tracking for months is actually a new feature called "Campfire" which will allow Chromebook users to dual boot Windows 10. Google has not spoken about this in any official way, but on a open Chrome OS forum run by Google, sometimes future tools are worked on in the public eye. In recent weeks, the same developers have also commented that Campfire will come in several "variants", suggesting that a number of Chromebook models will support the rumored feature. While these code snippets don't outline all the specifications, it would be a safe bet that only Intel-based Chromebooks (like the Pixelbook) could handle the dual-booting.

As helpful as a Chromebook may be, there are still some instances where an owner might need or want access to Microsoft's Windows 10 desktop operating system. According to the code, the minimum size of the Windows partition is 30GB. Remember, the only ARM processor that's supported by Windows 10 is the Snapdragon 835, with Snapdragon 850 support coming later this year.

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It's unclear if dual-booting could support a build of Linux, like Ubuntu. It could be at the firm's hardware event in a couple of months, and Alt OS/Campfire would be a feature of a possible Pixelbook 2.

The move is likely to encourage more people to buy Chrome-branded laptops - those that are attracted by the simplicity of Chrome OS but who also need to use Windows from time to time. While the report doesn't say anything about processor requirements, most ARM-based Chromebooks won't work with Windows 10. Think of it as the Google equivalent of Apple's Boot Camp.

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