Windows 10 might be arriving on Chromebooks as a “dual boot” feature that’ll let you load up Microsoft’s operating system on startup.
Google developers have been dropping possible hints on the feature’s arrival through a website devoted to tracking Chrome OS’s code changes. According to XDA Developers, the upcoming feature is codenamed “Campfire,” an apparent allusion to Apple’s own dual booting feature known as Boot Camp, which can let you load macOS or Windows.
Google developers have been mentioning that Campfire can run either Chrome OS or an “Alt OS” that appears to be Microsoft’s Windows 10. 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.
According to XDA Developers, Campfire will let Chromebook owners load Windows 10 without going through the hassle of enabling developer mode. However, many existing Chromebooks probably won’t be able to run the dual booting feature. A recent comment from the Google developers suggests 30 GB of storage will be needed to install the Windows operating system.
Older Chromebooks like the 2013 Acer C720 only have 16GB of storage and were never designed to hold that much onboard memory. In general, Chromebooks have been priced at $ 300 or $ 400, with limited hardware. But last year, Google introduced a higher-end model, called the Pixelbook. It has a starting price of $ 999 and can come with 512GB of internal storage. A few other Chromebook models feature 64GB or 128 GB of
Including support for Microsoft’s operating system may sound counter to Google’s effort of promoting Chrome OS as an alternative to Windows PCs. But if the Campfire feature is real, it’ll make the company’s products easier to adapt to business environments where Windows continues to dominate.
So far, Google hasn’t commented on the speculation. However, the company is expected to announce new Chromebook hardware in the fall during its unveiling of a new Pixel 3 smartphone.