Google Is Apparently Seeking Windows 10 Certification For Pixelbook

When Google launched the new Pixelbook back in October 2017, there was no denying the svelte and sexy style of the device. The problem for many was that the little rig was $999 and only ran Chrome OS, which for many was a deal breaker. Google later made the device a testing ground for the Fuchsia OS. A new rumor is floating around that if true may finally put the sleek Pixelbook on the must-have list for your typical computer user.


A new report claims that Google is working to get the Pixelbook certified for Windows 10. The rumor claims that mentions of the Microsoft Windows Hardware Certification Kit and Hardware Lab Kit (HLK) were found in the Chromium codebases. The HLK was reported to be specifically mentioned in association with "Eve" which is the Pixelbook development codename.

Getting official Windows 10 certification would allow the machine to fully support signed drivers. It's not clear if this move will see the Pixelbook offered with Windows 10 from the start or if this is to be a method to allow owners to install Windows 10 if they want. The install path could be via AltOS, a method of installing Windows on a Pixelbook

Pixelbook certainly has the storage and performance to run Microsoft's ubiquitous operating system. The machine launched in 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB NVMe SSD storage options with either 8GB or 16GB of RAM. CPUs available inside the Pixelbook include 7th generation Intel Core parts. The display is 12.3-inch 2400 x 1600 LCD panel covered by Gorilla Glass. A backlit keyboard, integrated webcam, TPM chip, 3-axis gyroscope, and a magnetometer along with a pair of USB-C ports rounds things out.