Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 12th Sep 2018 00:03 UTC

A coming revision to Chrome OS will enable Windows-compatible network browsing by default. This means that Chromebooks will be able to connect with Windows PCs just as easily as other Windows PCs do today.

A very welcome change, especially among corporate users.

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Great for home/small businesses
by BlueofRainbow on Wed 12th Sep 2018 03:05 UTC
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The people running home/small businesses do not really have the luxury of time to play much around with their systems. And the 6-month upgrade cycle with Windows 10 is not helping here.

Having Chromebooks capable to natively share files with Windows systems on a local network opens the door for slowly replacing Windows systems with Chrome OS based systems. While some form of server (headless?) would likely be needed, the requirements may not be so high that an existing systems could not be converted to such a duty.

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avgalen Member since:

Do I understand this correctly?

So when Windows gets a feature update: Things change to often

When ChromeOS gets a feature update: Things have changed enough that we can replace the version of Windows that we don't update

I choose my Operating System based on the software that needs to run on it, what other people around me are using and what is allowed/provided by the IT-department. Getting "SMB-support" in ChromeOS makes ChromeOS better and is a great feature, but it won't make replacing programs any easier. It is like adding mouse-support to will make that OS better but will not make it run programs that don't run now

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BlueofRainbow Member since:

The owner of a home business is also the IT Department and simplification will always be preferred over increasing complexity.

Granted, the ChromeOS world is not perfect. Some key applications in the MacOS/Windows worlds do not have equivalent in the ChromeOS world. Even flagship devices have been orphaned like the Linux container capability not being back-ported to the Pixel 2015 (something to do with the underlying Linux kernel version).

More easily sharing files in a network environment consisting of a mixture of Linux, MacOS, and Windows systems (all supporting SMB) is a good thing for ChromeOS based systems.

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